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PhD student Qian Cao awarded HHMI research fellowship

August 6, 2015
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Qian Cao has won a 2015 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship for his research that involves the development of new methods for high-resolution imaging and assessment of bone health. Qian was selected to receive this award based on his potential to become a leader in science.

Cao comes to Johns Hopkins from Changsha, Hunan Province, China. He is completing his graduate studies under the supervision of Department of Biomedical Engineering Research Associate Dr. W. Zbijewski, and Professor Dr. J. Siewerdsen. Cao’s thesis involves new 3D imaging and reconstruction methods that overcome conventional spatial resolution limits, combined with 3D image analysis techniques for quantitative assessment of trabecular bone morphology. This work offers new insight on the early stage progression and treatment response of osteoarthritis.

This prestigious fellowship is designed to facilitate the research training of outstanding international predoctoral students in the biomedical and related sciences. It is one of the few funding opportunities for international students who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. The fellowship, worth $43,000 a year, will support Cao’s third, fourth, and fifth years of study. This year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected 45 predoctoral students from 18 countries to receive fellowships that will help them complete their graduate degrees in the life sciences.

Congratulations to Qian on this great honor, and best wishes for continued success in his research endeavors.

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