Xiao has a Bachelor of science from the California Institute of Technology and is an alumnus of the Weill Graduate School of Medical sciences of Cornell University.
At the moment, she is finishing up her 4th clinical year at Johns Hopkins University as a combined paediatrics-medical genetics resident. She is going to stay there for a 5th year as a research fellow and genetics chief resident starting in July this year.
As Xiao has an unparalleled thirst for knowledge (and my guess is that she gets easily bored) she also works with a group at the university of Freiburg in Germany on the genetics and genomics of inborn errors of immunity.
Now, Xiao isn’t anyone for name or title dropping, but all of this information is necessary, I believe, to understand that some of the areas we will be covering today are in the hands of an absolute expert - even though Xiao will most probably strongly disagree with me on that.
As if all of this weren’t enough, Xiao and her boyfriend Nicolas have started a wine distribution company - one of Xiao’s great passions in life: wine and the art of wine production. Following this passion, she met my brother, a winemaker himself, and, ultimately, me. Therefore, we can safely claim that our friendship is a by-product of grapes, matured over time and getting better with the years.
Xiao is one of the most knowledgeable people I know, with a photographic memory (or so it seems) for books and all other sources of information. And the few hours a week she has for recreation, she usually fills with learning something new: like knitting, learning German (God knows why) or pottery - just to name a few. When being with her I feel positively challenged, occasionally stupid, always serving my greater understanding that life is a journey of discovery and learning, with no goal but to grow in the present moment.
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