As a Scientific Officer, Rueyling Lin serves as a liaison to HHMI Investigators at universities and research centers in the US regarding scientific and administrative matters. She attends all HHMI scientific meetings, Investigator reviews, and Medical Advisory Board meetings. Her activities include management of HHMI’s Investigator reviews, scientific meetings, and competitions for the Investigator program and various grants programs. She also interacts with HHMI leadership to coordinate Institute operations.

Lin joined HHMI from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) at Dallas, where she was a professor of molecular biology. Her research focus is in developmental biology, with emphasis on the mechanisms by which a zygote forms and is guided to differentiate into a variety of cell types during early embryonic development. She is specifically interested in asymmetric cell divisions, signal transduction pathways, and both transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation.

Lin earned a BA and MS in botany from National Taiwan University and a PhD in biochemistry from Baylor College of Medicine. She did her postdoc training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle before joining the faculty at UTSW in 1997. She is a member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine at UTSW. She has also served as a member of grant review study sections for the National Institutes of Health.

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