Scholar Exchange Program

The Evergrande Center supports Chinese scientists, scholars, and physicians who spend time in laboratories at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Harvard’s established protocol for facilitating the healthy acclimation of international students to their new homes remains a tremendous, vital strength. Efforts to ensure proper orientation to the campus, city, and culture for the benefit of international students have a tremendous impact on the preparedness and comfort of our exchange students and fellows. 

Our newest scholar, Dr. Yanbo Zhang, obtained his PhD in cell biology with a concentration in immunology in 2014 from the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In his work in the Benoist/Mathis laboratory at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Zhang is applying his cellular and molecular skills to the study of regulatory T cells using state of the art genetic engineering.

Previous Evergrande Scholars:

Dr. Xin Chen,  postdoctoral fellow in the Benoist/Mathis laboratory at Harvard Medical School from October 2015 to February 2017, worked in the field of immunometabolism. In particular, Dr. Chen studied a newly discovered class of regulatory T cells and how they interact with various types of non-immunologic cells in muscle to promote its repair in response to acute and chronic injury. This work has relevance to a diversity of physiological stresses, including obesity, aging, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), muscular dystrophy and wound healing.

Our inaugural Evergrande Scholar, Zimeng Zhang a graduate of Zhejiang University, matriculated into the Harvard Immunology Graduate Program in Fall 2014. She is now working on her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. James Moon at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Zhang is studying the mechanisms of peripheral tolerance to self-anigen specific T cells and characterizing these T cells at the transcriptome level via single-cell RNA sequencing.