Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

From Dynamic Genome Program to HHMI Fellowship!

Jack Wang, a junior majoring in biochemistry and soon declaring a minor in chemistry, was one of three UCR undergraduates who won prestigious fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Jack attributes this achievement to his participation in the undergraduate laboratory-intensive Genome Program created by IIGB distinguished professor Susan Wessler.

When Jack Wang immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in his freshman year of high school, he had difficulty speaking fluent English and was hampered by low self-confidence. It was not until he took an HHMI-funded class for freshmen at UCR – a course in the Dynamic Genome Program – that he found self-confidence in conducting scientific research. Now unstoppable, he wants to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry/structural biology or a closely related field.

These HHMI fellowships will enable the undergraduates to do cutting-edge research this summer for ten weeks in top laboratories in the country. Each $5,000 fellowship, which covers all travel and housing costs, supports full-time research mentored by an HHMI scientist anywhere in the United States as well as attendance at two annual HHMI meetings. The fellowships are administered by the HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP).

“I have always wanted to study the biomedical relevance in structural biology and chemistry,” he said. “Receiving an EXROP fellowship gives me an opportunity to do biomedical research and explore the interface between chemistry and biochemistry. The training I will receive this summer will help me decide the graduate program I would like to join for my doctoral studies.”

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