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Immunobiology student, Kenneth Zhou, receives F31 funding

June 13, 2024

Kenneth Zhou, an Immunobiology graduate student in the Wang Lab, has been awarded the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Awards (F31) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). F31 funding awards from the NIH are designed to help promising predoctoral students develop into productive, independent research scientists through mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The prestigious grant will support Kenneth’s research and stipend.

Kenneth is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the laboratory of Andrew Wang, MD/PhD, AB, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology). Kenneth's research looks at the cellular and molecular regulators of IgE, the antibody that mediates allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. Thus far, he has found that sugar modifications on these antibodies help mediate their clearance, potentially through interactions with macrophages of the liver. The work proposed in his grant aims to flesh out this interaction and its downstream signaling pathways.

Congratulations Kenneth!

Submitted by Caroline Lieber on June 12, 2024