Xiaowei Zhuang is Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Professor of Physics at Harvard University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. She received her B.S. in physics from University of Science and Technology of China and her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. As a post-doctoral fellow with Steven Chu at Stanford University, Zhuang began to use her background in physics to develop methods such as FRET to study biological processes at the single molecule level. Her lab continues to develop super- resolution microscopy techniques and applies these to answering questions in cell and neurobiology.
Dr. Zhuang’s innovative research has been recognized with numerous awards including the Sackler International Prize for Biophysics in 2011.