He Jiang, the first person from China to deliver a Harvard University commencement address, has made the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List.
Last Tuesday, the magazine released the sixth annual 30 Under 30, featuring 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who challenge conventional wisdom and rewrite the rules for the next generation.
"I received this message (about the list) this morning. I'm a little surprised but very happy about that," He told China Daily.
He, a 29-year-old postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was chosen for the healthcare category.
At Harvard, He used a new technology called single-virus tracking super-resolution imaging (STORM) to understand more about how influenza infects cells, and discovered human genes with strong anti-viral effects.
The list recognizes 30 game-changers in each of 20 industries. All under 30 years old, the honorees were vetted by a panel of judges in their respective fields.
Previous winners include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, social application Snapchat's founder Evan Spiegel, Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon and YouTube phenom Michelle Phan.
"These are the people that will run every field for the next 50 years," said Randall Lane, editor of Forbes.