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2021 Fellow

Mengyao Niu

PhD Institution
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mengyao’s PhD research has focused on the biological significance of a group of fatty acids called oxylipins and their metabolic pathways in fungi. She has revealed the role of oxylipins as molecular signals that direct the lifecycle transitions and metabolism in fungi and shape their interplay with human immune system. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Mengyao aims to build computational and engineering approaches to understand signals of chronic lung diseases to create new methods, knowledge, and interventions to address this increasing problem for global society.