Hejia (Henry) Wang was a Penn undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Physics under the Vagelos Scholars in Molecular Life Sciences Program. He was born in Beijing China, but grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Henry enjoys playing the alto saxophone, drinking coffee, and listening to an eclectic mix of classical/minimalist/indie and post rock music. His favorite movies are Oldboy, Fight Club, and Black Swan. Henry won the Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Award (2011), Founders Award (2013), and the Biochemistry Program John C. Makris Memorial Award (2013). He graduated in 2013 summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Henry gained his M.S. in Chemistry with his thesis: 'Preventing and Reversing the Aggregation of FUS, an ALS-Linked Protein'. Henry went on to pursue his M.D./Ph.D. at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania.
Seither, K.M., H.A. McMahon, N. Singh, H. Wang, M. Cushman-Nick, G.L. Montalvo, W.F. DeGrado, and J. Shorter. (2014). Specific aromatic foldamers potently inhibit spontaneous and seeded Aβ42 and Aβ43 fibril assembly. Biochem. J. 464:85-98. pdf file link
Qiu, H., S. Lee, Y. Shang, W.Y. Wang, K.F. Au, S. Kamiya, S. J. Barmada, S. Finkbeiner, H. Lui, C.E. Carlton, A.A. Tang, M.C. Oldham, H. Wang, J. Shorter, A.J. Filiano, E.D. Roberson, W.G. Tourtellotte, B. Chen, L.H. Tsai, and E.J. Huang. (2014). ALS Mutation FUS-R521C Causes DNA Damage and RNA Splicing Defects. J. Clin. Invest. 124(3):981–999. pdf file link
April, 2013. Henry after winning the 'Founders Award' for best poster at The Annual Biochemistry Major Poster Session!