Meet Our Researchers: Yiran Hou

Name: Yiran Hou

Hometown: China

Zodiac Sign: Pisces/Rooster/INFJ

Yiran is interested in identifying key factors driving successful regeneration, with the hope to improve human wound healing and regeneration. At the Huttenlocher lab, they explore the role of the innate immune system in supporting regeneration. Their current work focuses on molecularly defining the event of neutrophil reverse migration using single cell sequencing approach, aiming to identify molecular signatures that could distinguish neutrophils that are involved in this process from the ones that are not.

What inspired you to select your field of study?

I’m always in awe of the power of wound healing and regeneration in creatures around us. I wish someday we’ll find the key to heal better.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?

Take the initiative and manage upward.

When you’re not in the lab, how do you spend your time?

I’m a rock climbing addict! I love solving problems on the wall with friends.

If you didn’t become a scientist, what career would you have pursued?

Unrealistic: SWAT

Realistic: Kindergarten teacher

What is the best meal you’ve ever had?

Any meal at home with my mom. She is the best!