Dr. Jiang is currently leading the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Cell Physiology at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences of University of Florida (UF), and serves as a Faculty Director of Electron Microscopy at the Institute of Cross-disciplinary Biotechnology Research (ICBR) of UF. His current research is centered on lipid-dependent gating effects and molecular players in regulated secretion. Dr. Jiang obtained his Ph.D. in 2002 from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, working with Dr. Frederick Sigworth. He initiated the implementation of spherically constrained reconstruction (SCR) by imaging membrane proteins in small vesicles. Dr. Jiang finished his postdoctoral training in molecular biophysics and structural biology with Dr. Roderick Mackinnon in 2007 before taking an Assistant Professorship position at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas. While in Dallas, he worked on the development of chemically functionalized nm-thick carbon films, discovered the mechanism of filament-based signal amplification in the innate immune response against RNA viruses, studied membrane-induced pore formation by human C-type Lectin and VopQ proteins, and advanced the concept for lipid-dependent gating of Kv channels. He is the recipient of the NIH EUREKA award in 2009, the Junior Faculty travel award from GRC Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids in 2011 and the AHA National Innovative Award in 2012.
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