Stony Brook University Student Ping Cao Wins Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship

UPTON, NY — Ping Cao, a chemistry graduate student at Stony Brook University has won the sixth annual Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship. The Asian Pacific American Association (APAA) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory sponsors the scholarship, which consists of $1,000 and a plaque, to honor the distinguished late Brookhaven Lab scientist for whom it was named.

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Beth Y. Lin, widow of Mow Shiah Lin and trustee of the Asian Pacific American Association (left) presents Stony Brook University student Ping Cao with the 2010 Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship.

Cao is studying the formation of amyloids, toxic deposits formed by various proteins in numerous human diseases. In particular, Cao is investigating the mechanism in the formation of islet amyloid polypeptide, a protein that plays an important role in the development of diabetes, and designing amyloid inhibitors for potential therapeutic use.

“I am honored to receive the Dr. Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship,” Cao said. “I cherish the opportunity to do research with world-leading experts in my field at Stony Brook University. My career goal is to develop an independent research program focused on molecular medicine.”

Mow Shiah Lin began his career at Brookhaven Lab in 1975 as a postdoctoral fellow and advanced to co-lead a research team working with an environmental remediation company to use selected bacteria to convert toxic oil wastes, such as used motor oils, into useful products. In 2001, Lin shared an R&D 100 Award, given by R&D Magazine for the top 100 technological achievements of the year, for developing a technology to recover silica from geothermal brine. Lin died suddenly due to a brain aneurysm at the height of his career in 2003, and his coworkers, friends and family contributed funds to establish the scholarship.

In remembrance of the manner in which Lin began his career, the scholarship is granted annually to an Asian immigrant with a student visa who is matriculated at an accredited institution of higher education on Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) working toward a graduate degree in environmental & energy technology, biology, or chemistry.

Cao earned a B.S. in chemistry in 2005 and an M.S. in biology and pharmaceutical biotechnology in 2007 from Nanjing University in China. She enrolled in the graduate program in chemistry at Stony Brook University in 2007, and she expects to receive her Ph.D. in 2012.

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