Dr. Xiong, a Tibetan from Sichuan Province, specializes in Tibetan art history, archaeology and culture. Before joining the Center for Tibetan Studies & School of Archaeology and Museology, Sichuan University, as a professor in 2015, he worked at the China Tibetology Research Center in Beijing, focusing on Tibetan history, art history and culture. At present, he focuses on Tibetan Buddhist heritage in western Tibet from the 11th to 13th centuries. Dr. Xiong has published several monographs, including Mediaeval Tibetan Buddhist Arts: A Study on the Wall Paintings of the sKu vBum Monastery in Gyangtse (1994), A Research on the Artistic Communications between Tibet and the Interior of China during the Yuan Dynasty (2003) and The Development of Tibetan Buddhist Art History (2012, co-authored), and has published 80 academic articles. He has received many national and provincial awards, including the awards of Mountain Qumolangma, the national top awards of Tibetan studies in China.