Yizhi Jane Tao

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Yizhi Jane Tao
Occupation Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University, mapped atomic structure of the influenza A virus nucleoprotein trimer, named among the top ten most influential Chinese of 2006 by a consortium of China’s leading media outlets

Yizhi Jane Tao, Ph.D., is a Chinese biochemist, structural biologist, and Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Professor Tao led a team of researchers to be the first to map the structure of the influenza A virus nucleoprotein to an atomic level, a feat which circulated widely in the popular press.[1][2] She was named among the top ten most influential Chinese of 2006 by a consortium of China's leading media outlets including Phoenix Satellite Television, China News Service, Asia Newsweek, and World Journal.[3][4]

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Born in China, Yizhi Jane Tao received a B.Sc. degree in biology from Peking University in Beijing, China, in 1992. She later moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, where she received her Ph.D. in biological science while studying under the German-American biophysicist Michael Rossmann.[5] She completed a postdoctoral fellowship under Stephen C. Harrison at Harvard University in 2002.[6] Upon completing her postdoctoral studies, Tao joined the faculty of Rice University, where she has made important contributions to the study of influenza, hepatitis, and birnaviruses.

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