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Liang Feng Wins Weintraub Award

Liang Feng, a graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Yigong Shi, was just selected to receive a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, recognizes outstanding graduate achievement in Biological Studies through its Weintraub program. The seventh annual symposium will be held May 5-6, 2006, and will include scientific presentations by the awardees, poster presentations by Hutchinson grad students, and informal gatherings with Faculty and Students.

Feng is a doctoral student in the Department of Molecular Biology. Born in a remote village in Southwestern China, he earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing and his master's degree in biology from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Determined to use his scientific skills toward understanding human disease, Feng focused his attention on hemoglobin, the protein that transports both oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. He has successfully uncovered how one of hemoglobin's critical components is regulated. According to Professor Yigong Shi, his dissertation adviser, Feng's research findings "not only have fundamental scientific value, but also have significant impact on future treatment of millions of patients with blood disorders."

The Fred Hutchinson Weintraub and Groudine Fund, established to foster intellectual exchange through the promotion of programs for graduate students, fellows and visiting scholars, will cover expenses for the graduate student awardees.

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