• Michelle Wang, Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Michelle Wang, Ph.D.

    Dr. Michelle Wang

    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Professor, Department of Physics
    Title: Single Molecule Mechanics - Towards High Throughput

    Dr. Michelle Wang is a Professor of Physics, a Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Wang joined the Physics Department at Cornell in 1998. Her lab has pioneered a number of novel single molecule optical trapping techniques. Since joining Cornell, Dr. Wang has actively pursued interdisciplinary research through collaborations with a large number of faculty on and off campus. She is a member of the Field of Biophysics, the Field of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Nanobiotechnology Center. Dr. Wang has received numerous awards, including the Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar in Medical Research Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award, and the Damon Runyon Scholar Award. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.


  • Jie Xiao, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jie Xiao, Ph.D.

    Dr. Jie Xiao

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry School of Medicine
    Title: Holding biology up to light-single-molecule superresolution imaging of gene regulation and cytokinesis in living cells

    Jie grew up in Chongqing, a city upstream of Yangtze river in China. She then went to Nanjing, a city downstream of Yangtze river to receive her undergraduate education in Biochemistry at Nanjing University. In 1997, Jie came to the United States and enrolled in the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University. She worked with Prof. Scott F. Singleton on the mechanism of RecA mediated strand exchange reaction. Later in her graduate years she found herself deeply fascinated by single molecule biophysics and joined Prof. Sunney Xie's group as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in 2002. She spent four good years learning single molecule fluorescence microscopy and physical chemistry, while contributing to the group with her biological background and perspectives. In 2006, she decided to escape the cold winter of Boston and found her home in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. She is continuing the line of research where she takes single molecule assays into living cells to probe many different aspects of cellular dynamics. In addition to working in the lab, Jie loves the beautiful weather of Maryland and spicy food.

  • Alices S. Huang, Senior Faculty Associate, California Institute of Technology
  • Alice S. Huang, Ph.D.

    Alice Huang

    Senior Faculty Associate in Biology (2007 - present)
    Biology and Biological Engineering
    California Institute of Technology
    Title: Science diplomacy in a global environment: a wake-up call for the United States

    Dr. Huang is Senior Faculty Associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Previously she was Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director, Laboratories of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She also served as Dean for Science at New York University. Among her awards are honorary doctorates of science from Wheaton College, Mt. Holyoke College, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the NY-American Women in Science (AWIS) Award for Outstanding Woman Scientist, and the Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Dr. Huang is a distinguished virologist known for her ground breaking work on the molecular biology of RNA virus replication, for which she received the Eli Lilly Award in Microbiology and Immunology in 1977. The Carnegie Foundation cited her as the Pride of America in its 2009 annual promotion of contributions to America made by immigrants. She currently sits on the Boards of the Rockefeller Foundation and the 80-20 National Asian American PAC. She is a past president of the American Society for Microbiology, as well as of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She consults on research and science policy for universities, non-profits, academies, and government agencies in the USA as well as other countries including Taiwan, China, Japan and Portugal. She is a fellow of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan (1991), American Women in Science (1998), the Academy of Microbiology, and the AAAS (1999). Dr. Huang is a private pilot, has one daughter, and resides in Pasadena, CA, USA.

Past speakers

  • Wanjun Chen, Senior Investigator, NIDCR, Bethesda, MD
  • Wanjun Chen, Ph.D.

    Dr. Wanjun Chen

    Senior Investigator
    Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Branch/Mucosal Immunology Section

  • Zhijian (James) Chen, Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Zhijian (James) Chen, Ph.D.

    Dr. James Chen

    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    George L. MacGregor Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science
    Professor, Department of Molecular Biology

  • Steven Chu, Professor, Stanford University
  • Steven Chu, Ph.D.

    Dr. Steven Chu

    Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology
    William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities and Sciences Department of Physics
    Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology

  • Min Han, Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Min Han, Ph.D.

    Dr. Min Han

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

  • Yigong Shi, Professor, Tsinghua University
  • Yigong Shi, Ph.D.

    Dr. Yigong Shi

    School of Life Science

  • Teresa Wang, Professor, Standford University
  • Teresa Wang, Ph.D.

    Dr. Teresa Wang

    Klaus Bensch Professor in Experimental Pathology, Emerita

  • Xiaodong Wang, Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D.

    Dr. Xiaodong Wang

    George L. MacGregor Distinguished Chair Professor in Biomedical Science, UT-Southwestern (2001 - present)
    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2002 - present)
    Investigator, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China (2003 - present)
    NAS Award in Molecular Biology, elected to National Academy of Sciences, USA (2004 - present)

  • Sunney Xie, Professor, Harvard University
  • Sunney Xie, Ph.D.

    Dr. Sunney Xie

    Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2004 - present)
    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

  • Tian Xu, Professor, Yale University
  • Tian Xu, Ph.D.

    Dr. Tian Xu

    Professor of Genetics
    Vice Chairman of Genetics
    Department of Genetics
    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Edward TH Yeh, Professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Edward TH Yeh, M.D.

    Dr. Edward TH Yeh

    Professor and Chairman
    Department of Cardiology
    Division of Internal Medicine

  • Xiaowei Zhuang, Professor, Harvard University
  • Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D.

    Xiaowei Zhuang

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
    Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    Professor of Physics
    Department of Chemistry
    Title: Bioimaging at the nanoscale: Single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy