Postdoctoral fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jiang grew up in China, as a farmer in a village with no cars, electricity, or running water. His ramshackle school once collapsed in a rainstorm. As a postdoc at Harvard, he used a new technology called single-virus tracking, super-resolution imaging (STORM) to understand more about how influenza infects cells, and discovered human genes with strong anti-viral effects. He’s now applying the same techniques to neurons and white blood cells. His other passion: getting science and medicine to places they aren’t reaching, like his own village, where his mother once treated his spider-bite with fire.