Boyan Xu is a Ph.D candidate in Mathematics and Computational Biology at UC Berkeley and a Department of Energy Computational Sciences Graduate Fellow (DOE CSGF). He obtained his B.S. in Mathematics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. His research in the Krasileva Lab at UC Berkeley applies mathematical methods towards characterizing protein structures involved in plant immune systems. He is also employed at Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI) developing bioinformatics methods for biosynthetic gene discovery. Boyan is also a researcher in fungal agriculture and co-founder of Ashby Fungi, an urban culinary mushroom farm located in Berkeley, CA.