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Nan came to the US to pursue her graduate study after receiving her B.A. in Biotechnology from Peking University, China. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular and Computational Biology at the University of Southern California in May 2010, where she was fortunate to receive extensive training on fruit fly genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, teaching, lab organization and management. Nan joined the Fly Olympiad team project at Janelia in June 2010 and since dedicated her effort to moving the team project forward. Nan is the proud owner of the Fly Olympiad Sterility assay, a large-scale high throughput behavioral screening aiming to discover neuron circuits involved in fly courtship behaviors. Nan is also largely responsible for the Fly Olympiad team logistics, organization and communication. Nan likes food, animals and yoga.