Research & Publications
I am a scientist researching lipid biochemistry and cell biology. I received my Ph.D. in 2018 in the Genetics, Cellular, and Molecular Biology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My Ph.D. research was to understand and engineer the biochemistry of biodiesel precursors (lipids/fats) in a single-cell microalga called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. As a postdoctoral associate, I have worked with Dr. Chris Burd in the Cell Biology department at Yale since 2018 to bridge my research of lipid metabolism to up-to-date human cell biology. I am currently studying how the Golgi apparatus regulates its lipid/protein compositions, with emphasis on the interplay of cholesterol and sphingolipid metabolism and the ER-Golgi Membrane Contact Sites. I am also studying how cholesterol and sphingolipid affect Amyloid Beta production/accumulation that causes Alzheimer's disease, focusing on lipid interactions to gamma-secretase and Amyloid Precursor Protein. Outside of the lab I spend most of the time with my family, or casually playing tennis and guitar.
Education & Training
- PhDUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology (2018)
- BSPohang University of Science and Technology, Life Science (2012)
- Talk: Regulation of Sphingomyelin Synthesis by CholesterolPhiladelphia, PA, United States 2022American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Honors & Recognition
|Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Research Scholars Award 2023||Alzheimer's Disease Research Center||2023|