Xiaowei Zhuang is the David B. Arnold Professor of Science and the director of the Center for Advanced Imaging at Harvard University, and an investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She invented the super-resolution imaging method STORM and the genome-scale imaging method MERFISH, and used these methods to make discoveries in areas ranging from molecular structures in cells to cell organization and function in tissues.
Zhuang received her B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China, her PhD in physics under the supervision of Prof. Y. R. Shen from University of California at Berkeley, and her postdoctoral training in biophysics in the lab of Prof. Steven Chu at Stanford University. She joined the faculty of Harvard University in 2001 and became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2005.
Zhuang is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the European Molecular Biology Organization. She received honorary doctorate degrees from the Stockholm University and the Delft University of Technology. She has received a number of awards, including the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery, Dr. H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics, Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics, MacArthur Fellowship, etc.
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