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FIP Virtual Seminar "Let there be light- Molecular lanterns to illuminate redox and brain activities"
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Huiwang Ai, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
Huiwang Ai received his B.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 2003 and Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta in 2008 (advisor: Robert E. Campbell). He received his postdoctoral training from 2008 to 2011 in the lab of Peter G. Schultz at The Scripps Research Institute. He then became an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside. In 2017, he moved to the University of Virginia (UVA) Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics as a tenured associate professor. He is a resident faculty member of the Center for Membrane and Cell Physiology. He is also affiliated with Department of Chemistry and Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the UVA Cancer Center. His lab uses interdisciplinary approaches in chemistry, engineering, biophysics, and physiology to study and manipulate complex biological systems, with a focus on the development of novel molecular biosensors to peer into cells and brains to understand their communications. Dr. Ai received the Hellman Fellows Award in 2013, the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2014, and the American Chemical Society Toxicology Young Investigators Award in 2017. Research Interests: Spatiotemporal Regulation of Biological Signaling, Protein Engineering for Imaging, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics