Ji-Xin Cheng was born in Jixi, Anhui Province, P. R. China in 1971. He attended the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) from 1989 to 1994. From 1994 to 1998, he carried out his PhD study on bond-selective chemistry under the supervision of Qingshi Zhu at USTC. As a graduate student, he worked as a research assistant at the Universite Paris-sud (France) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). After postdoctoral training in Yijing Yan’s group at HKUST and Sunney Xie’s group at Harvard University, Cheng joined Purdue University in 2003 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2013 in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry.
Professor Cheng’s research lab develops label-free spectroscopic imaging tools and nanotechnologies for challenging applications in biology and medicine. Current projects include aberrant lipid metabolism in human cancer and deep tissue imaging by acoustic detection of chemical bond vibration. His research has yielded over 140 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited more than 7000 times, with an h-index of 41 based on Google Scholar. His contribution to the research field is demonstrated as the organizer of 16 national symposia, over 120 invited talks, and as primary editor of the first book on Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy (2012). His is a co-inventor of CARS microscopy which is now available through Olympus and Leica.
Professor Cheng’s achievements have been recognized recently with the following awards: Purdue University Faculty Scholar (2012-2017), College of Engineering Early Career Research Award (2011), Research Excellence Award from Purdue Center for Cancer Research (2011), and an Outstanding Young Scientist Award from Chinese National Academy of Sciences (2009).