Ting Xu is currently a professor in both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a core member of the joint graduate bioengineering program between University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, San Francisco. She is also a faculty member in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She received her PhD degree from the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was a joint postdoctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Ting has been active in MRS throughout her professional career. She was one of the Meeting Chairs for the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston and has been serving on the MRS Communications subcommittee since 2014. She is also actively involved with other societies, including the American Physics Society (APS), American Chemical Society (ACS) and Biophysics Society (BPS). She organized and chaired symposia at both APS and ACS national meetings and is one of organizers of BPS US-Brazil thematic meeting. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee at Center of Integrated Nanoscience Center (CINT). She has also contributed to several roadmap reports for various federal agencies including NSF, DOE and DOD. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and books and has been recognized with several awards.
Ting’s research interests rest at the interface between materials chemistry, biology and systems engineering with a focus on soft materials. Her research aims to (1) understand assembly processes in multi-component systems, and (2) apply the fundamental knowledge gained to control the assembly kinetics and pathways to generate hierarchically structured hybrid materials. Her research group develops functional materials for life science, environment and energy applications.