|Zhen Xia Receives William Powers, Jr. Graduate Fellowship for Computational Modeling Research|
Zhen Xia, a student conducting research in Professor Pengyu Ren’s laboratory, has been selected to receive a William Powers, Jr. Graduate Fellowship, which includes a stipend of $25,000 for the 2012–2013 academic year. The competition for these fellowships is intense, and this is one of the highest awards that the graduate school offers to graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin.
Xia received the fellowship for his research in biomolecular modeling. His dissertation focuses on building a multi-scale model to predict protein and RNA 3D structures. With modeling helping researchers see and predict what is happening in the body at the atomic level, the results of Xia’s computational research have implications in the improvement of drug discoveries and delivery.
Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin Xia received double undergraduate degrees in control science and engineering and bioinformatics from Zhejiang University in China.