Dr. Zefeng Wang received the award in recognition of his outstanding research contributions to the field of RNA biology, including developing a new method to systematically identify and study splicing regulatory elements. He did this research while a Postdoc in the Department of Biology at MIT, before coming to UNC as an Assistant Professor in Pharmacology.
The RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award was established to recognize the achievement of young scientists engaged in RNA research and to encourage them to pursue a career in the field of RNA. The award is open to all junior scientists (graduate students or postdoctoral fellows) from all regions of the world who have made a significant contribution to the broad area of RNA.
The award is not restricted to authors who have published in the RNA Journal. The prize recognizes one outstanding graduate student and one postdoctoral fellow based on their research accomplishments, a 1000-word essay describing their scientific contributions to RNA research, and a 500-word abstract for a review in their field of RNA research.
Zefeng Wang's essay describing the work that won him the award can be read here.
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