Har­vard speaker makes Forbes list

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS CANADA - By HONG XIAO in New York

He Jiang, who was the first per­son from China to de­liver a Har­vard Uni­ver­sity com­mence­ment ad­dress, has made the 2017 Forbes 30 Un­der 30 List.

“I re­ceived this mes­sage (about the list) this morn­ing. I’m a lit­tle sur­prised but very happy about that,” He told China Daily on Tues­day.

Forbes’ 30 Un­der 30 is a set of lists is­sued an­nu­ally by Forbes mag­a­zine.

On Tues­day, the mag­a­zine re­leased the sixth an­nual 30 Un­der 30, fea­tur­ing 600 young in­no­va­tors, en­trepreneurs and lead­ers who chal­lenge con­ven­tional wis­dom and re­write the rules for the next gen­er­a­tion.

The list rec­og­nizes 30 gamechang­ers in each of 20 in­dus­tries. All un­der 30 years old, the honorees were vet­ted by a panel of judges in their re­spec­tive fields.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, Satur­day Night Live’s Kate McKin­non, Chance the Rap­per and YouTube phe­nom Michelle Phan.

“These are the peo­ple that will run every field for the next 50 years,” said Ran­dall Lane, ed­i­tor of Forbes.

He, a 29-year-old post­doc­toral fel­low at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, was cho­sen for the health­care cat­e­gory.

He was nom­i­nated by his pro­fes­sors at Har­vard.

“I didn’t know I was nom­i­nated un­til De­cem­ber,” said He.

At Har­vard, He used a new tech­nol­ogy called sin­gle-virus track­ing su­per-res­o­lu­tion imag­ing (STORM) to un­der­stand more about how in­fluenza in­fects cells, and dis­cov­ered hu­man genes with strong anti-vi­ral ef­fects.

He is now ap­ply­ing the same tech­niques to neu­rons and white blood cells. He hopes the lab re­search he did could be put to prac­ti­cal use in health­care.

He grew up in a small vil­lage with lim­ited ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties. By study­ing hard, He grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy of China — one of China’s top uni­ver­si­ties — with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 2009, and was ac­cepted into Har­vard’s PhD pro­gram on a full schol­ar­ship the same year.

In May, the bio­chem­istry PhD de­liv­ered a speech rep­re­sent­ing the uni­ver­sity’s 13 grad­u­ate and pro­fes­sional schools at the com­mence­ment.

In the speech, He talked about the un­even dis­tri­bu­tion of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in the world and ex­pressed his pas­sion to get sci­ence and medicine into places they aren’t reach­ing, like his own vil­lage, where his mother once treated his spi­der bite with fire.

Seven­teen of the 600 win­ners in 2017 are from China.

One in six on the list are im­mi­grants from 44 coun­tries.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

He Jiang, Forbes 30 Un­der 30 List.

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