PROFESSOR MIA HUANG NAMED A 2023 ALFRED P. SLOAN FELLOW
Professor Mia Huang, associate professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla was awarded the 2023 Research Fellowship in Chemistry from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Fellows are selected based on their independent research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field.
Professor Huang is recognized for her innovative research in the field of glycoscience. Chains of sugars— known as glycans—are involved in several different biological processes, from the creation of new tissue to recruiting our immune system to help neutralize infections. Huang investigates these glycans as receptors for growth signals, particularly in the development of tumors or in the generation of stem cells. Integrating techniques in synthetic chemistry and protein engineering, Huang’s lab seeks to understand how glycan molecules can help create better defined populations of stem cells for use in regenerative medicine, as well as the role they play in cancer metastasis. Professor Huang is also the recipient of the 2023 CARB Division Gin Young Investigator Award.