Sarah Xuelian Huang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
2011 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow Alumna
PhD, Columbia University
Postdoctoral Training, Columbia University
Dr. Huang optimized the method, or protocol, to achieve a high efficiency of forming functional lung cells from human stem cells. The major issues in producing lung cells included a low purity among the lung cells and a lack of maturity in their development. Dr. Huang was able to significantly improve the protocol to yield high-purity functional lung cells in as little as 15 days. She was also able to turn these lung cells into a variety of different mature respiratory cell types involved in the formation of a fully functioning lung, work she is continuing in her independent research at UTHealth. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Columbia in Dr. Hans Snoeck’s lab.