Professor Sidong Xiong received his PhD degree in medicine from Shanghai Medical University (now Fudan University) in 1992. He performed his post-doc training at the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) in France and followed by a visiting scholar at University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the United States. He also served multiple administration positions, such as the Vice-Dean of the Graduate School and Dean of Fudan College in Fudan University, Director of Institute for Immunobiology, Chairman of Vaccines and Immunization Department, Associated Director of the Key Laboratory of Medical Molecular Virology in Ministry of Education and Health. In 2009, he joined Soochow University and entitled Distinguished Professor, Vice-President and Dean of IBS. Now he is the President of Soochow University.
Professor Xiong's research interests are focused on the studies of immunology and virology. As a chief scientist, he hosted many key scientific projects, including the Major Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National "11th Five-Year Major Special Program", the National "12th Five-Year Major Special Program", the National "863 Program", the National "973 Sub-Program", the Major Projects of Shanghai, the Key Projects of the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, the Climbing Project of Jiangsu Province and the Major Projects of the Jiangsu Natural Foundation. Professor Xiong has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals to date, including Nature, Biotechnology, PNAS, Hepatology, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Virology, FASEB Journal, Cell Death Differ, etc. Additional academic contributions include 32 patent applications, chief editor or associate editors of 14 academic books and 22 textbooks. At the same time, as the founding dean, he established Fudan College, the first undergraduate college in China, and innovated the first general education in China. He arouses wide repercussions in the education circles at home and abroad.