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Mount Sinai Microbiologist Selected as Revson Senior Fellow in Biomedical Science

Jessica Sook Yuin Ho, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been selected as a Charles H. Revson Senior Fellow in Biomedical Science by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

  • New York, NY
  • (July 20, 2021)

Jessica Sook Yuin Ho, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been selected as a Charles H. Revson Senior Fellow in Biomedical Science by the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The two-year fellowship is awarded annually to eight exceptionally talented New York City scientists entering their third or fourth year of postdoctoral research.

Intended to help address the need for funding during the critical third and fourth years of training when postdoctoral fellows are finishing their initial projects and establishing themselves as independent researchers, the fellowship attracts applications from dozens of highly qualified candidates from 13 top medical and research institutions. Only a select few are chosen.

Dr. Sook Yuin Ho works in the Marazzi Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology at Icahn Mount Sinai. Her research focuses on a novel viral protein and its role in pathogenesis. She wrote her fellowship application based on a paper she published in Cell in 2020, which focused on the presence of human-chimeric proteins/genes that are generated during influenza A infection. Essentially, she and her colleagues assert that these proteins are not generated by chance during infection, but are actually a means for the virus to explore its genetic potential to encode new genes. Additionally, they posit that these proteins could be suitable targets for future therapeutic or vaccine design for influenza A virus. Dr. Sook Yuin Ho is interested in further characterizing the functions and roles of these proteins in infected cells.

“Most of our high-risk projects depend on the support of private foundations that understand the need to promote transformative discoveries,” said Ivan Marazzi, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology at Icahn Mount Sinai. “We are grateful to the Revson Foundation for their recognition of our work and for their support of Dr. Sook Yuin Ho’s important scientific endeavors.”

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