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Alumnus Yang honored with Alfred W. Sangster Award for Outstanding International Student

December 17, 2014

Yongbin Yang, PhD, a recent graduate in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of UAB’s School of Health Professions’ Alfred W. Sangster Award for Outstanding International Student, which is awarded annually to an exceptional international student in recognition of academic and non-academic achievements. He was nominated by mentors Professor Tim R. Nagy, PhD, and Assistant Professor Daniel L. Smith, Jr., PhD, as well as Assistant Professor Paula C. Chandler-Laney, PhD.

Dr. Yang graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (Shanghai, China) with a B.S. in Nutrition Sciences. He has just finished working with Drs. Nagy and Smith, along with David B. Allison, PhD, director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), on a five-year mice longevity study that investigated obesity, calorie restriction, and weight cycles. He also collaborated on several other projects with these researchers and Julie Locher, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. Dr. Yang has six manuscripts published and several more in preparation.

Non-academically, he served as a volunteer for several organizations, such as Project HOPE (a non-profit organization that “delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to respond to disaster, prevent disease, promote wellness and save lives around the globe”) and the UAB Chinese Scholar and Student Association.

Dr. Yang received his PhD degree from UAB this fall and now works in the nutrition supplement industry as an R&D associate in New Jersey.