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Xuyu Qian: Bae Gyo Jung Award

The most important factor contributing to the project's success is the great mentorship and guidance I received from Hongjun.

Xuyo Qian

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Mentor: Hongjun Song

Project Details

I work in Dr. Hongjun Song's lab at the Institute for Cell Engineering. I developed a system to generate 3-D brain-like tissues, called organoids, from human induced pluripotent cells. I used these organoids to model infection of Zika virus in fetal brains and identified cellular mechanisms for how Zika causes microcephaly.

Learn more about the Dr. Song's lab.

Why did you choose Johns Hopkins for your work?

I came here for a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, and JHU BME has always been ranked as No.1 in the country, so it was an easy choice.

What does receiving this award mean to you?

I’ve attended every Young Investigators’ Day since coming to Johns Hopkins. I’ve always admired the awardees, who represent the best works that come from this prestigious school. I've always wanted to catch their steps and even surpass them.

What contributed to your project's success?

The most important factor contributing to the project's success is the great mentorship and guidance I received from Hongjun.

What thoughts do you have about Young Investigator's Day itself?

I think it recognizes the accomplishments of the awardees and serves as a great inspiration to the audience.

What has been your best or most memorable experience while at Hopkins?

Playing the real-time strategy game “StarCraft” with labmates in the lab, and when Hongjun came to me and told me my paper was accepted.

What are your plans over the next year or so?

Since I'm only in my 4th year of my Ph.D. studies, I'll continue my research on brain organoids for one to two more years. Afterward, I'll look for postdoc positions and eventually faculty positions.

What are your hobbies or interests?

I'm a big anime fan. My determination to do research in biology and bioengineering was inspired by a sci-fi anime called “Evangelion.”