- Scholarship in 2014 at University of Texas
Dr Joyce Fung is an instructor at the Chook lab in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She earned her A.B. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Washington University in St Louis in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2017.
Driven by her passion in science, she started her graduate study at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2012. She joined Dr. Yuh Min Chook's laboratory and utilised X-ray crystallography and other biophysical methods to elucidate biological mechanisms at atomic resolution. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Rhoades, focusing on studying intrinsically disordered proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases using fluorescence methods.
Combining various biophysical techniques and structural determination by cryogenic electron microscopy, she works on multiple projects elucidating the structural basis of the function of Karyopherin-beta family of proteins, which are responsible for the majority of the import and export of proteins and macromolecules in the cell - a critical process for proper cell-cycle regulation and environmental response.