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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate student granted Baxter Young Investigator Award

Ning Sun, a graduate student in Professor Huimin Zhao’s research group, is a 2013 recipient of the Baxter Young Investigator Award.

Ning Sun is a recipient of the Baxter Young Investigator Award
Ning Sun is a recipient of the Baxter Young Investigator Award

“Receiving this award is not only a great honor for me, but also encourages me to continue my research on developing novel genome engineering tools for the treatment of human diseases,” said Sun, whose research focuses on protein and genome engineering including the treatment of sickle cell anemia through stem cell-based gene therapies.

Sun will present his research on “seamless gene correction of sickle cell disease mutation in human induced pluripotent stem cells” when he is honored with the award on September 12 at Baxter International in Deerfield, Illinois.

Baxter International is a global healthcare company that applies expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology to advance patient care worldwide. To further promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

“My advisor, Professor Zhao, provided continuous and enormous support and encouragement for my research projects as well as my committee members who provided a lot of insight on my Ph.D. dissertation,” Sun said.

Sun will next attend Harvard University for his post-doctoral training where he will continue to research and develop new drugs and novel therapies.