UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Second Annual Class of Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

The award, made possible through a donation from Lenovo chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang, recognizes the research achievements of young tenured faculty.

UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Second Annual Class of Yang Family Biomedical Scholars click to enlarge Edward Miao, MD, PhD
UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Second Annual Class of Yang Family Biomedical Scholars click to enlarge Garret Stuber, PhD

Media contact: Mark Derewicz, 984-974-1915, mark.derewicz@unch.unc.edu

December 6, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The UNC School of Medicine has named two young researchers as recipients of the second annual Yang Family Biomedical Scholars Award. Edward Miao, MD, PhD, is associate professor of microbiology and immunology and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease. Garrett Stuber, PhD, is associate professor in the departments of psychiatry, and cell biology and physiology, and a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center.

Each faculty member will receive a generous grant to be used at their discretion for biomedical research projects at the UNC School of Medicine. The researchers are now members of the Yang Family Society of Biomedical Scholars. The second annual seminar to highlight the work of the scholars will be held in spring 2017. The awards were made possible through donations from Yuanqing Yang, chair and CEO of Lenovo.

“We’re very grateful for Mr. Yang’s generosity,” said William L. Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care. “Dr. Miao and Dr. Stuber exemplify the highest caliber of innovation and research impact that is representative of our Yang Family Biomedical Scholars.  Mr. Yang’s generous support makes it possible for us to acknowledge these researchers and cultivate their research programs at this critical juncture in their careers.”

With the Yang Scholars program, the UNC School of Medicine aims to establish a community of its brightest and most promising young tenured faculty. The award recognizes faculty that have made significant scholarly contributions to their field while also receiving national recognition for their research. 

“Building on the foundation that was laid last year, I am proud to support the UNC School of Medicine and the researchers who were selected for this year’s grant,” Yang said. “Their passion for and dedication to their research will hopefully lead the way towards future biomedical breakthroughs, and I am excited that UNC continues to drive innovation in this field.”

Miao’s work on innate immune response has earned him several awards and international renown. Miao’s lab works to understand how the body’s immune response distinguishes between pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria. Among his research accomplishments, Miao has helped to define the role that an inflammatory protease known as caspase-11 plays in the innate immune response and sepsis.

Miao was featured in this UNC School of Medicine profile.

Stuber has emerged as one of the world’s leading experts on the brain circuitry that underlies motivated behavior. On the basis of his expertise, Stuber has published and spoken widely on the neural circuitry underlying maladaptive behaviors underlying a variety of neurological and neuropsychiatric illnesses. The long-term goal of Stuber’s research is to identify pharmacological and genetic therapies capable of selectively impacting the neural pathways that underlie such maladaptive behaviors.

Stuber was featured in this UNC School of Medicine profile.

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