Published: 2021-08-11 09:12 | Updated: 2021-08-11 09:15

Haohao Wu receives The Dimitris N. Chorafas Prize 2021

Haohao Wu is awarded the prize for her thesis "The molecular basis of the development and diversity of proprioceptive neurons: a story of surviving and thriving”.

Self-portrait in lab environment.
Haohao Wu. Photo: Haohao Wu

Prize motivation:

"Haohao Wu is awarded the Dimitris Chorafas prize for her studies of proprioceptive neurons, the sensory neurons that innervate muscle and tendons and that thus govern position and movement of the body. Using single-cell RNA sequencing combined with immunological and histological analyses, she has identified molecular signatures for separate proprioceptive neuron subtypes known to transmit the velocity, position, and load of the muscles, respectively. Furthermore, using genetic tracing and single-cell RNA sequencing, she has provided evidence that proprioceptive neurons with certain molecular profiles are preferentially selected to survive. Haohao has produced a large body of high quality research that makes her a worthy recipient of this award."

Read the thesis: The molecular basis of the development and diversity of proprioceptive neurons: a story of surviving and thriving

The Prize (USD 5.000) is meant to reward pre-graduate scientific contributions within the doctoral education. The candidate should not have reached the age of 32 years at the time he/she is nominated to the prize.The prize will be awarded at the Installation Ceremony of Karolinska Institutet.