Xuan is from Inner Mongolia, China, and graduated from Wuhan University in 2016 with a BEng in Biopharmaceutics. During this course, he was involved in the Key Laboratory of Combinatorial Biosynthesis and Drug Discovery, Ministry of Education for 3 years. He began with nucleoside antibiotics. Then he carried out his bachelor thesis work with Dr Yi Yu in the biosynthesis of aminoglycoside antibiotics. Xuan started his PhD project with Prof. David O’Hagan in the University of St Andrews, investigating the biosynthetic mechanism of a unique organic fluoride.
Outside chemistry, he really enjoys Warcraft 3, cycling as well as badminton and volleyball.
Incorporation of [H-2(1)]-(1R,2R)- and [H-2(1)]-(1S,2R)-glycerols into the antibiotic nucleocidin in Streptomyces calves
Xuan Feng, Nawaf Al-Maharik, Axel Bartholome, Jeffery E. Janso, Usa Reilly and David O’Hagan
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 8006–8008.