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Yi Rao Named Steiner Elsa A. Swanson Research Professor

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October 16, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

CHICAGO --- Yi Rao has been named the first Elsa A. Swanson Research Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 

Rao was a member of the faculty of Washington University prior to joining Northwestern's faculty in 2000.

A recipient of the Charles B. Wilson Brain Tumor Research Excellence Award in Neuroscience, Rao studies molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural development. His laboratory uses multidisciplinary approaches that include molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology and imaging.

Rao's investigation of neuronal guidance will provide insights into basic cell biological and developmental mechanisms as well as a basis to help design strategies to alleviate neural injuries and control tumor metastasis.

Rao, who also was awarded the Esther A. and Joseph Lingenstein Fellowship in Neuroscience in 2000, has served on the editorial board of “The Journal of Neuroscience, Developmental Brain Research, NeuroSignals and Neuroscience Research.” He is an ad hoc referee for “Biochemical Journal,” “Journal of Molecular Biology,” “Journal of Cell Biology” and other publications.