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VFC Science Voices from Home: China

Special Event: Informational Session

Feb 16, 2018

Speaker(s): Xiaoli Du, PhD, GeneDx; Tina Tang, PhD, Center for Scientific Review; Jianfei Zhao, PhD, NEJM Medical Frontiers
This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Join us (in-person or by webinar) to understand research opportunities in China. We are hosting NIH Alumni Xiaoli Du currently a researcher at GeneDx, NIH Alumni Tina Tang currently a scietific review officer at CSR, and NIH Alumni Jianfei Zhao, deputy director of NEJM Medical Frontier, China (bios for all below).

All speakers will have a short presentation and then we will take questions from the audience. Both the science environment and living in China will be discussed.

To attend via webinar, please register using the following link:

Science Voices from Home is a project by the NIH Visiting Fellows' Committee to help NIH trainees explore career opportunities around the world. Look for additional countries to be highlighted in 2018.

Note: This event will be held in English.

Dr. Xiaoli Du
Dr. Du works at clinical genetic diagnostic company GeneDX as manager and senior scientist in Hereditary Cancer Program. She is skilled in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) panel development, sequencing data analysis and variant annotation. She is an expert in hereditary cancer panel, cardiovascular panel, rare disorders panel and exome analysis. Dr. Du obtained PhD in cancer cell biology in Peking Union Medical College and trained as postdoctoral fellow at National Cancer Institute/NIH in Douglas R. Lowy's lab. Dr. Du has published 14 research articles in the cancer research field including: Cancer Research, Oncogene, PNAS, Gastroenterology, International Journal of Cancer, Journal of Molecular and Medicine etc. Dr. Du also obtained Business Administration certificate from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. At NIH, Dr. Du served as the Co-chair of Visiting Fellow Committee (VFC) and Editor-in-chief of VFC Newsletter.

Dr. Tina Tze-Tsang Tang
Dr. Tang serves as a contractor Scientific Review Officer for NIH Center of Scientific Review (CSR) managing the review of training grant applications. She applies a deep understanding of molecular and cellular neuroscience and advanced communications as well as project management skills in organizing and managing the peer review process, ensuring that every grant application be reviewed by a panel with well-matched expertise and research experience, and in a fair and timely manner.
After obtaining her PhD in Neuroscience from the NIH Graduate Partnership Program between the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Intramural Research Program (IRP) and the University of Bristol in the UK, Dr. Tang pursued post-doctoral training as a Research Fellow at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studying genetic variations of schizophrenia susceptibility genes associated to disrupted NMDA receptor trafficking in synapses. In the meantime, she also volunteered to serve as the science editor and writer for the monthly NIMH IRP newsletters "Brain waves", and co-organized an inaugural Neuroscience Symposium between NIH and several neuroscience research institutions in China.
In 2012, Dr. Tang transitioned from the academia to the pharmaceutical industry and joined GlaxoSmithKline R&D as a Scientific Communications Liaison providing communication support for both internal and external stakeholders. She developed and implemented communication strategy and plan to achieve greater engagement and alignment with employees; she liaised and managed trustful relations with external stakeholders including the science and mass media to safeguard the corporate reputation and image. In 2014, Dr. Tang was assigned to provide corporate crisis communications support for the Pharmaceutical and Vaccines commercial units in China, where she rebuilt the internal (employees) communications infrastructure and led the rebranding campaign in the regional businesses (China and Hong Kong); she also oversaw product communications and supported the approval and launch of a vaccine product in China, ensuring that key messages and product features successfully reached and understood by the target customers and media sources. After spending almost 4 years working in communications, Dr. Tang rediscovered her passion in science and rejoined NIH in 2015 to support the review for scientific merits of NIH grant applications.
Dr. Tang is also the founder and owner of Dr. Tangy Naturals LLC, a small business aspired and positioned to develop all-natural and handmade personal care products and soy candles, with the philosophy to promote an eco-friendly, natural, and sustainable life-style.

Jianfei Zhao, Ph.D.
Dr. Zhao is the deputy editor of NEJM医学前沿 (NEJM Medical Frontier) in China, responsible for the editorial operation, outreach and strategic planning. Previously, he was a scientific editor at Nature Communications, Nature Research (China), managing the evaluation and review of manuscripts. As the first biology editor of Nature Research working in China, he fostered close relationships with the Chinese life sciences community. He obtained a B.Sc. in Peking University, and a Ph.D. in University of Oregon. His postdoctoral training in the US National Cancer Institute was centered on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression.