Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated: 11/09/2020.


  • 2019 M.S. Bioinformatics, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • 2016 B.S. Biochemistry, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)


Scripps Research

  • 07/2020 - Present Research Programmer, Su / Wu Labs


  • 08/2019 - 02/2020 Co-op, Medical Insights: Data Analysis and Visualization / DevOps Engineering
  • 05/2019 - 08/2019 Intern, Protein Design and Informatics
  • 05/2018 - 08/2018 Intern, Protein Design and Informatics

University of Texas at El Paso


Xian, Y., Avila, R., Pant, A., Yang, Z., & Xiao, C. (2020). The Role of Tape Measure Protein in Nucleocytoplasmic Large DNA Virus Capsid Assembly. Viral Immunology. doi:10.1089/vim.2020.0038



  • 2018 Evaluating the effectiveness of mixed probe molecular dynamics for cryptic pocket detection. GSK Intern/Co-op symposium, Upper Providence, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 2018 Automated workflow for reproducible analysis of protein-ligand scoring functions. OpenEye CUP XVIII, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • 2017 In silico evaluation of human OX2 orexin receptor (hOX2R) inhibitors using AutoDock and Glide. 12th Annual NMBIST Symposium on Microbiomics, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • 2016 Comparison of AutoDock and Glide in docking Suvorexant to the crystal structure of hu- man OX2 receptor (hOX2R) 19th UTEP/NMSU Workshop on Mathematics, Computer Science, and Computational Sciences, El Paso, Texas, USA.
  • 2015 A point mutation in the Phi-EL chaperonin alters ring separation and protein folding activity. UTEP COURI Symposium, El Paso, Texas, USA.



  • 2011 Presidential Scholarship, from The University of Texas at El Paso
  • 2018 MMTF Workshop Travel Award, funded by the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative


Programming Languages

  • Python
  • UNIX shell (BASH)
  • R
  • MySQL
  • Java

Other Technologies

  • Git
  • Docker
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Databricks
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Continuous Integration

Protein & Molecular Informatics

  • Cheminformatic toolkits: RDKit, OpenEye
  • Molecular docking: AutoDock Vina, Glide
  • Molecular viewers: PyMol, Chimera, NGLView, VMD, Schrödinger Maestro
  • Pocket detection: MOE Site Finder, Schrödinger SiteMap

Structural Biology

  • Cryo-EM image processing: Relion 3, EMAN2
  • Molecular Biology: Protein expression, Protein purification.