Xiang-Jin Meng has been a faculty member at Virginia Tech since 1999. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Meng was a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He obtained his medical degree in medicine in 1985 from Binzhou Medical College and his Ph.D. in immunobiology in 1995 from Iowa State University.
Meng is widely considered a leading scientist in the world in the fields of zoonotic virus diseases and vaccinology. He discovered the swine and avian hepatitis E viruses, which brought a paradigm shift to the field of human hepatitis E research and revolutionized the way scientists and physicians think about this important human disease. The impact of Dr. Meng’s research is clearly reflected by his more than 290 publications, which have been cited more than 19,683 times. He is ranked in the top 1% of highly-cited scientists in the field of microbiology from 1997-2007 according to Thomson Reuters' Essential Science Indicators. At Virginia Tech, he has been awarded more than $15 million for 46 research grants as principal investigator and more than $27 million for 58 grants as co-investigator.
Meng’s fundamental research has translated into effective therapies for important infectious diseases. For example, his discovery led to the approval of the first USDA fully licensed commercial vaccine against an economically important global swine disease (porcine circovirus-associated diseases). He is a named inventor on 21 awarded and 17 pending U.S. patents as well as 40 awarded foreign patents on various virus vaccines and diagnostics.
He has received many prestigious national and university awards such as the title of university distinguished professor, the Alumni Award for Research Excellence and the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. Meng was elected a member of National Academy of Sciences in 2016, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2014 and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2012.
Dr. Meng has served in leadership positions for more than 20 national and international committees and organizations. He currently serves as an editor-in-chief or editor for four prestigious international journals. Meng has taught at Virginia Tech since 1999, and currently is course leader for three courses. He has served as the major professor for 20 graduate students and on the advisory committees of 57 other graduate students. His graduate students and fellows have won more than 50 national and Virginia Tech awards.