P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Yin Li, 2011

MD, University of Pennsylvania

Yin Li is an immigrant from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at University of Pennsylvania

YIN LIis currently a Ph.D. student in neuroscience, studying visual perception and decision-making with Professor Josh Gold.His ultimate goal is to improve the understanding and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Yin was born in Shanghai to parents who sacrificed their careers to give their only child a chance to study in the US. 

As a junior at New York City's Stuyvesant High School, Yin interned in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel. The resulting research on a memory protein won Yin the top prize at the 2003 Siemens Westinghouse Science Competition.

Yin went on to study at Harvard as a biochemical sciences major, while working in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Robert Horvitz at MIT, where he identified a neuropeptide signaling pathway involved in the control of locomotion. Yin graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 2008. Yin is currently enrolled in the MD-PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania. There he cofounded an a cappella group that sings at hospitals and nursing homes.

  • MD Medicine | University of Pennsylvania 2017
  • PhD Neuroscience | University of Pennsylvania 2015
  • BA Biochemical Sciences | Harvard University 2008
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