PhD candidate, Baylor College of Medicine
Christiana Wang, BS, is a second-year PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in honors Biology and a minor in Data Science from Case Western Reserve University in 2021. She was awarded the Francis Hobart Herrick Prize, for outstanding biological research and academic excellence in biology. She studied the molecular genetics of meiosis under the mentorship of Dr. K. Nicole Crown since January 2019. After graduating, she joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study immunogenetic mechanisms for establishing the maternal-fetal barrier in early pregnancy under the guidance of Dr. Eric O. Long. She joined Dr. Pengfei Liu's laboratory in 2023 and spearheaded efforts to study disease mechanisms and develop translatable treatments for individuals with genetic disorders. The overarching goal of this research is to set forward a streamlined pipeline for n-of-1 therapy development and preclinical validation, helping families affected by rare genetic disorders.