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Vivian Cheung, a geneticist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has received the Curt Stern Award of the American Society of Human Genetics for her work on the genetics of human gene expression. The Stern Award is given annually, and recognizes a scientist or scientists for major scientific achievements in human genetics over the preceding 10 years. Cheung, along with her collaborator and late husband Richard Spielman, were the first to show that variation in gene expression is inherited, and discovered many genes that regulate gene expression.

Cheung holds the William Wikoff Smith Chair of Pediatric Genomics at CHOP, and is also a professor of pediatrics and genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Since 2008, she has also been an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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