Elaine Hsiao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA, where she is interested in all things microbial, neural and immune. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA, which sparked her love for molecular biology, bacteria and immunity. She completed her doctorate in Neurobiology at Caltech, where she studied the neurobiological bases of autism and schizophrenia, with a focus on neuroimmune and microbial contributions to behavior. Her work in these areas has led to several honors, including the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship in Neuroscience, NYSCF Robertson Investigator Award and CZI Ben Barres Career Award.
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