MD, Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Memorial Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Program
Xiao Peng is an immigrant from China
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Memorial Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Program
XIAO PENG is a student in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. She plans to use her Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship to support her research degree on developmental gene regulation, which focuses on trying to understand the molecular mechanisms that enable different parts of the body to adopt different identities.
Xiao came to America at five years of age to join her parents, who were among the first Chinese graduate students awarded visiting scholarships. Having been sent-down to work in the fields during the Cultural Revolution, her parents were self-educated from a young age. Their intellectual curiosity and perseverance in the face of adversity has inspired Xiao with the same self-motivated enthusiasm for learning and the desire to empower others less fortunate with the same educational opportunities.
Xiao graduated in 2005 with honors in chemistry from Caltech and subsequently worked as a research technician at the Broad Institute of Harvard/MIT.
First wielding a pipet as a 16-year old college freshman, Xiao has now compiled a decade's worth of research and is listed as an author on six major publications, including those identifying novel cancer mechanisms and therapies.