Yuan Junying: Top U.S. Scientist Who Grew Up in Shanghai

August 22, 2017  By Man Wenjiao  Editor: Hewater Liu
Yuan Junying: Top U.S. Scientist Who Grew Up in Shanghai

Yuan Junying conducts an experiment in her lab. [whb.news365.com.cn]

 

Yuan Junying, an American-Chinese scientist, has been elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NSA) for her three-decade-long contribution to research into mammalian cell cultivation.

As a permanent professor in Harvard Medical School (HMS), Yuan, 59, is the only entrant to the NSA this year who is originally from the Chinese Mainland.

Yuan was born into a family in Shanghai in 1958. As her grandfather and parents all were professors in the former Shanghai First Medical College (Shanghai Medical College in Fudan University), she was expected to follow their career path.

Thanks to her down-to-earth attitude and the assistance of her teacher Lu Zaiyang, Yuan became the first self-taught person to achieve a top score in science in the national college entrance exam in 1977.

After receiving her bachelor degree in biology at Fudan University, she continued her academic studies at the former Shanghai First Medical College in 1982. She flew to the U.S. for overseas studies in May of the same year after she passed the requirements of an educational program to promote international exchange.

Yuan eventually got her Ph.D. in neurology at Harvard University in 1989. Later, she made critical contributions to the understanding of apoptosis and necroptosis, two fundamental mechanisms that regulate the survival and death of mammalian cells.

Due to Yuan’s sound achievements, it only took eight years for her to be promoted from an associate professor to a permanent professor at aHHarvard. Moreover, Yuan has published over 200 academic papers in key international journals and her works have been cited as reference more than 70,000 times.

Yuan was invited by the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China to form the Interdisciplinary Research Center of Biology and Chemistry in the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. In response, she quickly accepted the offer and has dedicated herself to the cultivation of talents for China ever since.

 

Yuan Junying: Top U.S. Scientist Who Grew Up in Shanghai

Yuan Junying (C) poses for a group photo with her students at the Interdisciplinary Research Center of Biology and Chemistry in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. [whb.news365.com.cn]

 

(Source: whb.news365.com.cn, qclz.youth.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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