Two outstanding students pursuing PhD degrees in the biological and biomedical sciences have been awarded Annie Le Fellowships. They are Michelle Mo (Pharmacology) and Xiao (Albert) Huang (Cell Biology).
“The winners of the Annie Le Fellowship were nominated anonymously by colleagues at Yale and judged by a committee comprised of two directors of graduate studies and two accomplished graduate students,” explains Gerry Shadel, professor of pathology and chair of the Annie Le Fellowship selection committee. “The winners were chosen based on three criteria that reflect attributes displayed by Annie Le in her life and career: exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills, significant academic achievement, and active community service.” The awards memorialize pharmacology student Annie Le, who was the victim of a tragic homicide in 2009.
Michelle works in Professor Barbara Ehrlich’s lab studying the role of the protein Chromogranin B in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis.
Xiao works in the lab of Professor Haifan Lin, director of the Yale Stem Cell Center, using statistical data analysis and high throughput sequencing to study the function of non-coding RNAs in gene regulation at the epigenetic level — a novel mechanism that is linked to stem cell self-renewal and genome stability.