Where were you born?
What school did you attend?
Southwestern University Medical School, Nanjing, China Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
What gained your interest in the NIH?
I applied for a job at NCI when I was finishing my PhD study in Weizmann Institute of Science. Among several choices, my supervisor, Dr. Yosef Yarden, who is also a long term grantee of NCI< suggested me to come to NIH because it is the world premier research institute in biomedical research.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I began my career as a Research Fellow at NCI, one of the 27 institutes and centers at NIH, with Dr. Stan Lipkowitz. I then moved to the extramural pragmas and worked as a Program Officer at the National Institute of Mental Health. For the recent eight years I have been working for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (as a contractor of Columbus & Technologies). I oversee and manage NIAID sponsored international clinical trial projects aimed to better treat and prevent HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. I also serve as the Chair for Washington DC Chapter of American Women for International Understanding, an organization established in 1968 with a mission to improve the women's well-being and leadership throughout the world.
What message would you like to send to young Asians who are considering going to college?
Growing up under the Culture Revolution in China, I appreciate tremendously the opportunity and privilege to learn. I used every possible opportunity to learn and advance myself. Knowledge is the tool to make this world a better place. Knowledge is the resource of a meaningful and fulfilled life.