MD/PhD, Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Memorial Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Program
Yifan Xu is an immigrant from China
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD/PhD in Medicine and Neural Circuits and Behavior at Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Memorial Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Program
Yifan Xu is pursuing MD and PhD degrees at the Cornell/Rockefeller University/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional program.
Yifan was born in Beijing, and lived with her grandparents for two years while her parents established themselves in the United States. Yifan joined them when she was six and the family eventually settled in Eden Prairie, MN.
Yifan was admitted to Duke University, where she won undergraduate scholarships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation. Yifan graduated cum laude in biology and visual arts
Yifan founded and served as editor and graphic designer for an undergraduate journal that published work on mind, brain and behavioral research.
Yifan's current research focuses on finding ways to modulate pain circuits so that their signals can temper the perception of pain. In addition to this basic neural circuit research, she has also engaged in learning the realities of clinical pain management issues through patient care, taking part in a chronic pain research project at New York Presbyterian Hospital.