Junying Yuan received her undergraduate degree from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University in 1989. Dr. Yuan carried out her Ph.D. thesis work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the laboratory of H. R. Horvitz. She was first appointed as Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in 1992 and was appointed a Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School in 2000. In 2014, Dr. Yuan was appointed as Elizabeth D. Hay Professor of Cell Biology, a Professorship honors the late Professor Elizabeth D. Hay, the first female full professor in the history of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Yuan’s research focuses on the mechanisms of cell death, including apoptosis and necroptosis, and the role and mechanism of RIPK1 in mediating TNF signaling and promoting apoptosis and necroptosis. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (US).