The 2017 first Student Mentoring gathering for Princeton University students will be hosted on 1/8/2017 (Sunday) by Drs. Yu Lei and Yiping Wang at their residence. We will have 3 mentors for this gathering, Dr. Yiping Wang, Dr. Lei Yu and Dr. Guoping Zhao, who will cover their professional experience in academic, collaboration between china and US, as well as some basic personal financial knowledge. We are also open to other questions and interests you may have during the meeting. The details for this event are as follow:
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Location: 129 Berkley Ave, Belle Mead, NJ.
5 PM – Arrival
5:15 – 6:15 PM Social hour and dinner
6:15 – 7:45 PM group session
8:00 PM Meeting adjourn
Here are the bios for the mentors.
Dr. Guoping Zhao is a molecular microbiologist. Currently, he is the Director of Laboratory of Synthetic Biology at the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Head of Department of Microbiology and Microbial Engineering, School of Life Science, Fudan University. He has been leading both teams working towards microbial synthetic biology since 2008. Dr. Zhao was elected as a member of the CAS in 2005 and was the President of Chinese Society for Microbiology from 2006 to 2011. He served as a member of the advisory committee for the State High Technology Development Program (863) from 1996 to 2005 and has been serving the review panel of National Nature Science Foundation, China since 1995.
Dr. Zhao was appointed the Director of Shanghai Research Center of Biotechnology (SRCB), CAS, in 1997 and the Vice-President of SIBS in 1999, where he began to work for the Human Genome Project of CAS. Since 2002, he has been the Executive Director of Chinese National Human Genome Center at Shanghai and Director of National Engineering Center for BioChip at Shanghai. Over the years, he has been involved in a few research projects related to “omics” studies. He particularly focused on genomics-based studies of microorganisms, such as that of Leptospira interrogans, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and industrial actinomycetes. His contribution to the evolution genomic study of SARS coronavirus was instrumental for understanding the SARS molecular epidemiology.
Dr. Zhao obtained his Ph.D. degree of Biochemistry from Purdue University, Indiana, USA in 1990 and returned to China in 1992 as the founding Production Manager of Shanghai Promega Biological Products, Ltd, a subsidiary joint venture of SRCB, CAS. He was promoted to full Professor in 1995 after rejoining the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, CAS.
Dr. Yiping Wang earned her doctorate degree in Child Development and Family Studies, from Purdue University. She was a faculty member at three different universities for the past 20 years. Her research specialty is in the adverse impact of parental drug abuse on family functioning and child development from a longitudinal perspective. In her spare time, she volunteers for non-profit organizations both within the US and internationally. She was elected to and served on Montgomery School District Board of Education from 2007 to 2009. For the past several years, she has found her second career with passion: Helping individual families to achieve an enjoyable relationship with people and a fulfilling relationship with money; together, these help people to reach their fullest potential.
Dr. Lei Yu is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. He is a molecular neuroscientist interested in the relationship between brain and behavior, based on one’s genetic makeup and life habits. In 1993, he and his students first reported the molecular cloning of the mu opioid receptor — the biological key molecule that mediates the effects of such drugs as morphine, heroin, and opioid pain analgesics. His research centers on the molecular and genetic bases of complex brain disorders, including genetic predisposition for alcoholism and drug abuse, and molecular mechanisms underlie such neuro-sensory processes as stress, neuropathic pain, and pain-relief analgesia.
Dr. Yu received his Ph.D. degree in 1987 from Caltech (California Institute of Technology). From 1988 to 2005, he taught medical school and conducted biomedical research, first at Indiana University School of Medicine, and then at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was recruited to his current position at Rutgers University in 2005. In addition to be a career educator at higher education institutions, He was also elected to and served on Montgomery School District Board of Education from 2010 to 2014, where he chaired the Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction Committee.
Hope to see you there.