Center Member, Associate Professor at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at East China Normal University Fei Xia took his research team to attend the 32nd China Chemical Society Congress. This congress, held in Zhuhai in April, is the biggest national event of its kind in China in communicating research progress and outcomes in chemistry.
Notably, one undergraduate student, Fengyu Li from Xia’s team was invited to give an oral presentation entitled “Construction of Coarse-Grained Model of COVID-19 Virus” at the first branch meeting, and the other undergraduate, Jinyin Zha won the “Excellent Poster” award with his poster entitled “Ultra Coarse-Grained Simulation of Mechanical Properties of Micron-Long Microtubules”. They were among the very few undergraduate students who were able to get such prestigious opportunities and awards.
The students said that they’ve benefited from Professor Xia’s well-rounded training strategy, which not only encourages them to learn from regular course curriculum, but also to start developing research skills at an early age.
“I see a lot of potential from these young talents, and have always tried my best to provide them with resources and opportunities. I am glad that they were able to stand out at this national level competition. They’ve definitely took advantage of the platforms provided by East China Normal University and the NYU-ECNU Center for Computational Chemistry at NYU Shanghai, from where they were inspired by new ideas, got connected with top-tier visiting scholars, and learned how high-quality research was performed,” said Xia.