April 11, 2012
The Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) selected Hsun-Hsien Chang, a bioinformatics scientist at the Children's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, as February's CHAVI Young-Investigator-of-the-Month. The award recognizes outstanding young investigators who have made significant contributions to the CHAVI mission - to solve major problems in HIV vaccine development and design - and who have been nominated by their mentors for their exceptional leadership and valuable research.
Chang, who earned his Ph.D. in ECE with advisor JosÃ© M. F. Moura in 2007, investigates the intersection of information processing and biology, with twin objectives of understanding information processing in biology and applying novel schemes of data analysis to biological investigations. His current projects involve the development of system biology approaches to infer functional networks of biomolecules. As part of the CHAVI Computational Biology Team, Chang has designed novel computational algorithms and statistical tools to analyze the gene expression data from RNA expression profiling. Chang has also defined novel molecules that contribute to the early control of the simian immunodeficiency virus following infection.
Before earning his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon, Chang received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Tsing Hua University and his MBA from National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
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