XUE Tian, a professor from School of Life Sciences in USTC and Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, has got the young scientists project funding announcing by Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) on March, 20th. Also, he is the only domestic scholar supported by this program in 2014.The topic applied by Professor XUE Tian and his two oversea parternersis“Wireless optogenetic interrogation of non-image forming photoreceptor function by Nano-antennae ”. The project ranks second in this year's global application by young scientists and will obtain a total funding of 900,000 dollars in the next three years. Professor Xue is the fourth domestic scholar that gets the young scientists project funding of HFSP, the previous three scholar are LUO Minmin from Tsinghua University (2006), JIANG Xingyun from National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (2007) and TANG Chun from Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011).HFSP is a famousinternational scientific research funding agency that funds basic researches in life sciences, including molecular and cellular biology, systems biology, cognitive neuroscience and so on. The program especially encouragesbiologist to cooperate with experts in physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering science to research the frontier problems in life sciences. It is known that about 10 projects achieve funding of Young Investigator from HFSP every year and the average age of the selected young scientists this year is 37 years old. Since 1990, 23scientists who got the funding have won Nobel Prize.Professor XUE Tian got his bachelor's degree of life sciences in USTC in 2000 and doctor's degree of physiology in school of medicine ofJohns Hopkins University in 2005. He majors in study about signal transduction of nerve light receptors, neural circuit, stem cells, regenerative medicine and so on. His research results which published in Nature, Nature Neuroscience, PNAS, Stem Cell and Circulation have been cited more than 800 times. The Research Article written by him as the first and corresponding author published in Nature (2011) has solved themolecular mechanismof non-image visual signal transduction. His research achievements on functional integration of electrically active cardiac derivatives from genetically engineered human embryonic stem cells published in Circulation (2005) has won the best basic science paper that year.
(YANG Yating, USTC News Center)