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Ruixuan Gao named 2022 Searle Scholar.

Ruixuan Gao named Searle Scholar for 2022!

Ruixuan Gao, UIC assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences, has been named a 2022 Searle Scholar! He is the second UIC scholar to receive the award, which supports ground-breaking research in chemistry and the biomedical sciences, and the first in 35 years. Prof. Gao is one of only 15 researchers named to the 2022 class, for which he will receive $300,000 over three years in support of his work directed toward establishing an imaging technique that will enable nanoscale molecular imaging of minute biological structures. The project seeks to use this technique to answer some of the most critical questions associated with replication of enveloped viruses, which may lead to the discovery of potential therapeutic strategies for HIV and COVID-19.

“I am extremely grateful to the Searle Scholars Program and UIC for their support of my lab’s research. I am excited to develop new imaging modalities with the potential to visualize biological structures and processes at the molecular level,” Gao said. Read more about it at UIC News!