Li Foundation funds Chinese scholars to study systems biology at UCSF

The New York-based Li Foundation, which for more than 15 years has been supporting Chinese scientists to study at UCSF, is now targeting its support to scholars from Peking University's Center for Theoretical Biology to study at the University of California's (UC's) California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3), which is headquartered at UCSF. At QB3, Peking scientists will work in the area of systems biology.

The Li Foundation has committed US$63,000 to the fellowship program through a gift to the UCSF School of Pharmacy. The Li Foundation Fellowship Program will be directed by Chao Tang, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy who holds faculty positions in the UCSF School of Medicine and at Peking University and is a faculty affiliate of QB3. As director, Tang follows School of Pharmacy faculty member Chin-Tzu Peng, PhD, who is now retiring from the position after 15 years of volunteer service and commitment. The first Li Fellow in systems biology is expected at UCSF before the end of December 2006.

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Xu Zhihong (right), president of Peking University, with UCSF faculty members Chao Tang, PhD (center) and Ching C. Wang, PhD on Friday, October 6, 2006 at the headquarters for the California Institute for Biomedical Research (QB3) on the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, California.

President Xu attended a presentation and reception hosted by QB3 Director Regis Kelly, PhD. The Li Foundation Fellows Program in support of scientists from Peking University to study at QB3 was announced during President Xu's visit bySusan Levings, UCSF School of Pharmacy associate dean for planning and communications.

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