Xiangdong Ji received his B.S. from Tongji University and his Ph.D. in 1987 from Drexel University. His research includes theoretical studies of the nucleon structure in Quantum Chromodynamics and experimental search for Dark Matter particles using liquid xenon technology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Oversea Young Chinese Scientist Award. He is a UMD Distinguished University Professor.