Huahua was born and raised in Tianjin, China. She received her B.A. in Plant Protection from Nanjing Agricultural University in 2013. She then went on to complete the Ph.D. with Dr. Zewen Liu at NJAU studying neurotoxicology of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and Dr. Ke Dong at Michigan State University studying neuropharmacology and neurobiology of insect voltage-gated sodium channel. She conducted postdoctoral research with Dr. Laurence J. Zwiebel at Vanderbilt University in early 2019 where she switched her research to the mosquito olfaction, studying olfactory physiology of Anopheles gambiae larvae. Huahua joined the Dong lab in September 2020 and now focus on the interaction of insecticides and insect voltage-gated sodium channel at the atomic level by cryo-EM and electrophysiological techniques. She is working in close collaboration with structural biologists in Dr. Nieng Yan lab at Princeton University. She adopted a cat from the Durham animal protection society in 2020 and she fills her free time with a multitude of hobbies including listening to music, reading science-fiction, hiking, and playing with her cat.
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