Xingdong Feng is an Associate Professor with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He served as a NISS postdoc from 2009-2011, where he contributed to the Clinical Proteomic Technology Assessment for Cancer (CPTAC) program.
Xingdong Feng grew up in the Jiangsu Province of China, near Shanghai. He started out as a pure mathematical theorist, but through his coursework at Nanjing University, he wanted to know how mathematics could be used in everyday life, so he started to study statistics. In 2002 he earned his M.A. in economics in 2002 from Renmin University of China. After this, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009.
Feng's research has tended toward theoretical work, in particular, the dimensionality of data metrics. Though the work is theoretical, it has real applications, such as testing the dimensionality of probe-level microarray data.
As a professor, Feng has initiated the Mathematics Genealogy Project, a project designed to compile information about all mathematicians throughout the world.
Feng is married and has a little boy.