- Senior Research Fellowship in 2007
M.L. Chye, Wilson and Amelia Wong Professor in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Hong Kong, completed her PhD on a Commonwealth Scholarship at the University of Melbourne and received postdoctoral training in Plant Molecular Biology at the Rockefeller University (New York) and the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (Singapore).
She joined the University of Hong Kong in 1993 and has been awarded an Edward Clarence Dyason Universitas 21 Fellowship 2004/05, an Outstanding University Researcher Award 2006/07 and a Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2007/08. She serves on the editorial boards of Planta (Springer), Frontiers in Plant Metabolism & Chemodiversity and Frontiers in Plant Physiology.
Her laboratory has characterized a family of acyl-CoA-binding proteins (ACBPs) which transfer lipids in the model plant, Arabidopsis. Some ACBPs were found to have the ability to confer tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses through the manipulation of cellular lipids and their interaction with protein partners. Ultimately, findings on Arabidopsis ACBPs will be extended to crop plants.