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Xingxing Yang: Paul Ehrlich Award

The discussions with colleagues and advisors played the most important role in my project ... I believe it is critical for scientists to share ideas and inspire each other.

- Xingxing Yang

Mentor: Jie Xiao

Project Details

I have been working under the mentorship of Dr. Jie Xiao. Our work discovered the treadmilling dynamics of the essential FtsZ ring in bacterial cell division machinery. The treadmilling FtsZ ring utilizes the energy from GTP hydrolysis and distributes cell-wall synthesis enzymes to generate a smooth, symmetric polar morphology. 

Learn more about the Xiao Group

Why did you choose Johns Hopkins for your work?

The first reason is that Johns Hopkins has the top biophysics department in the world. The second is my adviser, Dr. Jie Xiao, who is one of the pioneers in single molecule studies in living cells. 

What does receiving this award mean to you?

This award means a lot to me both personally and professionally as it is the first one I have received in the United States

What contributed to your project's success?

The discussion with colleagues and adviser played the most important role in my project. I believe it is critical for scientists to share ideas and inspire each other. 

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

My best memory about Hopkins was the first day when I came. My labmate, Rene, picked me up at BWI. He was kind enough to drive me to find my apartment and share many tips for living in Baltimore. Later, the admins in the school and department, Sharon Eddinger and Kathleen Kolish, helped me with all the paperwork and gave me a tour of campus. They made me feel at home in a country I had never been. 

What are your plans over the next year or so?

Next year I’ll continue to work on my current project. I hope to discover more secrets of bacteria cell division and start searching for a faculty position in two years.

What are your hobbies or interests?

In my spare time, I like playing and watching soccer games. Because soccer is a team sport but also needs creativity from individual players, it is highly similar to scientific research.