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Yinan Hua Receives Prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

Yinan Hua, M.D., M.S., a graduate student in the UW Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, was recently notified that she has been named a recipient of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Hua is pictured with her advisor, UW School of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Pharmacology Sreejayan Nair, Ph.D.Yinan Hua, M.D., M.S., a graduate student in the UW Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, was recently notified that she has been named a recipient of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.

"Please join me in congratulating Yinan for her amazing award as one of the 30 outstanding overseas Ph.D. students from the Chinese Government," says Professor Jun Ren, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, College of Health Sciences Associate Dean for Research and Wyoming INBRE Program Director. "There are more than 400,000 overseas Chinese graduate students and being one winner is terrific."

The annual award is a prestigious national award in China. It recognizes top Chinese Ph.D. students across all fields of study in the world who work abroad without receiving financial support from the Chinese government. Awardees are selected based on their research achievements and academic merit after several rounds of judging by invited experts from their field in China as well as their host country. The criteria for the award include the background of the students, research projects, research outcomes, publications, potentiality for future career, and opinion from student’s advisor.

Hua's advisor is UW School of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Pharmacology Sreejayan Nair, Ph.D. Her research is focusing on exploring the role of protease cathepsin K in cardiovascular diseases including obesity-associated cardiac dysfunction, cardiac hypertrophy, diabetic cardiomyopathy and aging-associated cardiac diseases. By February this year, Hua had already first-authored papers in the following high-impact journals: Diabetes, Hypertension, JMCB, and Diabetologia.

Hua will receive $6,000 and a certificate at a ceremony later this spring at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. She says, "My future goal is to find a postdoctoral position and then find a faculty position in the U.S. or in China."

Hua received M.S. and M.D. degrees from the Soochow University in China. She anticipates completing her Ph.D. at the end of this year or early next year.

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Yinan Hua, M.D., M.S., a graduate student in the UW Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, was recently notified that she has been named a recipient of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Hua is pictured with her advisor, UW School of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Pharmacology Sreejayan Nair, Ph.D.

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