Contact: Alexander Shtifman
Phone: 617-713-8989
alex...@childrens.harvard.edu

Dr. Nan Yan recently received Harvard University's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) award. Dr. Yan was recognized for his research proposal on human Staufen in intracellular trafficking of unspliced HIV RNA. In essence, Yan's discovery fosters idea that eliminating Staufen from cells infected with HIV may inhibit the virus from replicating. Yan received the scholar award, with possibility for a one year renewal. The funds are equivalent to a post doc's salary.

Yan first studied Staufen in flies as a developmental biology Ph.D. candidate at University of Texas at Austin. He extended his study to human Staufen after he joined Lieberman lab and hypothesized the human Staufen may provide help in spreading the HIV virus.