Yuan Laboratory: Awards & Honors

2015

  • Undergraduate student Christine Tin was among three Virginia Tech students who have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. Read about the award on Virginia Tech News.
  • PhD student Erica Twitchell’s grant application was selected to receive VT Graduate Research Development Fund (May 5, 2015).
  • PhD student Jacob Kocher’s first author paper in Journal of Virology 2014;88(17):9728-43 “Intranasal P particle vaccine provided partial cross-variant protection against Human GII.4 norovirus diarrhea in gnotobiotic pigs” was selected as a Key Scientific Article contributing to excellence in biomedical research. The article is featured online on Global Medical Discovery [ISSN 1929-8536]

2014

  • Mariah Weiss, Lab & Research Specialist I, was recognized for Outstanding Performance in a Lab
  • Dr. Yuan won Grand Challenges Explorations Round 12 grant for research in global health and development from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Ph.D. student Jacob Kocher won a Graduate Student Travel Award to present his research on “P particle vaccine protects against cross-variant norovirus infection and disease in a dose-dependent manner in gnotobiotic pigs” at the 33rd American Society for Virology Annual Meeting on June 21-25, 2014 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Ph.D. student Xingdong Yang won a Graduate Student Travel Award to present his research on “Neonatal gnotobiotic pig model of human enterovirus 71 infection and immune responses” at the 33rd American Society for Virology Annual Meeting on June 21-25, 2014 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Undergraduate student Christine Tin won third place for her poster “LGG as a vaccine adjuvant in a novel human gut microbiota associated gnotobiotic pig model” at the ILSB Research Poster Symposium on May 1, 2014, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Christine Tin was among three students to present their work at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Read about this honor on Virginia Tech News.

2012

  • Post-doc Ke Wen’s first author paper in Vaccine 2012 Feb 1;30(6):1198-207 “High dose and low dose Lactobacillus acidophilus exerted differential immune modulating effects on T cell immune responses induced by an oral human rotavirus vaccine in gnotobiotic pigs” was selected as a Key Scientific Article contributing to excellence in biomedical research. The article is featured online on Global Medical Discovery.

2011

2010

  • Dr. Lijuan Yuan was selected as Scholar of the Week by the Office of the Vice President for Research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University recognizing her research to develop rotavirus and norovirus vaccines.
  • Tammy Bui won a Graduate Student Travel Award to present her research on study of infection and illness of eight norovirus GII.4 variants in a gnotobiotic pig challenge model at the 29th American Society for Virology Annual Meeting on July 17-21, 2010 at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
  • Ke Wen won a Graduate Student Travel Award to present his research on Toll-like receptor 2, 3 and 9 expression and IFN-γ production by gd T cell subsets in gnotobiotic pigs infected with virulent human rotavirus at the 29th American Society for Virology Annual Meeting on July 17-21, 2010 at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
  • Ke Wen won a Veterinary Virology Club Travel Award for his research on gd T cell subsets at the 29th American Society for Virology Annual Meeting on July 17-21, 2010 at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
  • Dorothy 'Nezzie' Jones (previously worked as a volunteer in the Yuan lab for 6 months) applied successfully for the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP) which is sponsored by both the National Institutes of Health and the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program.

2009

  • Dr. Lijuan Yuan won the “American Society for Microbiology International Professorship Award for Asia.”
  • Dr. Lijuan Yuan was awarded an Honorary Professorship by Yunnan Agricultural University in China.