- Fellowship in 2017 at the University of California, San Francisco
Wendy has a general interest in sensory biology. After receiving her B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Hong Kong, she enrolled in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, joining Dr. King-Wai Yau’s laboratory to study photoreception in animals. Wendy was primarily interested in the very first step of vision – i.e., phototransduction – the process by which light absorbed by visual pigments (light-sensitive proteins) is converted into neural signals via some signaling pathways within photoreceptor cells.
During her time in Dr. King-Wai Yau’s lab, Wendy became interested also in senses in connection with pathological conditions, such as photophobia in migraine. This moves her into studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms of migraine pain now as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. David Julius’ laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco.