Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute Names Director for New Cryo-Electron Microscopy Center

Dr. Qiu-Xing Jiang joins HWI from University of Florida

Qiu-Xing Jiang, Ph.D., an accomplished researcher who specializes in cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM), has been named director of the new Cryo-EM center currently under development at HWI. He comes to Buffalo from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he has served as an associate professor heading the Laboratory of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in the University’s Department of Microbiology and Cell Science.

Jiang earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, and a Master of Science from the Institute of Biophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He went on to study at Yale University, where he earned a Master of Philosophy and a doctorate in Cellular & Molecular Physiology.

HWI is preparing to install its first high-resolution cryo-electron microscope this year. The microscope uses electrons to take pictures of individual proteins that are flash-frozen in motion and utilizes high-power computers to calculate what these proteins look like. HWI is also employing breakthrough-sustainable energy technology to support the new microscopes. This will be the first such application of the lithium-based energy storage technology in New York State.