Xun Lu

What is your current position, and what do you do?
I'm currently working as a senior scientist for Wuxi Biologics in Shanghai. Our team develop, optimize and scale up cell culture process for biopharmaceutics.

Describe your study/employment pathway so far
I graduated from East China University of Science and Technology with Bachelor of Bioengineering and Master of Materials Engineering. Then I joined the Gooding Group in 2012 and received PhD in 2016. In Feb of 2017 I joined Wuxi Biologics.

What has been your biggest challenge, career-wise?
Learning new things is always the biggest challenge, as well as my biggest interest. To be able to utilize what I have learned in school further in my career, I have to keep myself absorbing new knowledge. So far, my background of bioengineering and material chemistry help a lot for me to fit in my job. However, the process of getting new information has never stopped.

What achievement are you most proud of?
This has to be finishing my PhD research under Justin's supervision, and accomplishing the single molecule imaging paper, which we are submitting to a high-profile journal. Developing a new method, or a new product, which solves a real problem in life.

How have you used the skills/knowledge that you acquired, from studying chemistry, in your current role?
The foundations of biology are chemical reactions. Most of our projects are making monoclonal antibody drugs for our clients. The experience in surface chemistry and molecular biology helped a lot in understanding my responsibility for my current work.

What are your interests outside of work?
I was involved in a school band as a lead singer, and school basketball team as a point guard.

What helps you achieve a work-life balance?
My wife and son.

What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Start to understand how research works as soon as possible, and get to know anything related to your work as soon as possible, ideas will come next.

Is there anything you would like to share?
Make friends with the wonderful staff in Chemistry and talk to them.

Return to 100 Faces of Chemistry