I started my research training with Dr. Kaixun Huang at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2009, focusing my research interest on the function of selenoproteins and their associated roles in diseases involved with oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum stress. During my Ph.D. study, I received a one-year Student Intern opportunity by joining Dr. Vadim Gladyshev’s lab, who pioneered the research of redox biology, specifically in selenoproteins, at Harvard Medical School.
Afterwards, I joined Dr. Zhou Songyang’s group to start my postdoctoral training at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine from 2016 to 2020. My research activities have been utilizing proteomic approaches to study protein-to-protein interaction, specifically, screening novel regulatory proteins modulating telomerase function and thereby providing promising target for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Currently, I continue to pursue my research interests in utilizing cellular, molecular, and proteomic tools to delineate the mechanisms in the specific neural networks that are critical for control of body weight, feeding behavior and glucose balance in Dr. Yong Xu’s group, as a research associate.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends to take outdoor adventures, such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing, skiing, etc. I also love to spend my spare time in my edible garden. Working in nature has such a calming effect on me. All these enrich my life and refresh myself.