Pui Ying Lam, PhD

2019 K99/R00 Awardee
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University of Utah
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lam is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Randall Peterson's laboratory at the University of Utah. Her research is focused on developing novel chemo-optogenetic tools for in vivo applications. Prior to receiving the BRAIN initiative K99/R00 award, Dr. Lam was an awardee of the American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Lam received her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in Dr. Anna Huttenlocher's laboratory. Her PhD work examined cell signaling and the regulation of the cytoskeleton during the migration of neutrophils and macrophages in vivo. Prior to her PhD, Dr. Lam received her BSc and MPhil degree in biology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Lam is broadly interested in small molecule tool development as well as the use of these tools and in vivo imaging to interrogate biological processes in health and disease. Specifically, her current work is focused on developing novel chemo-optogenetic actuators to address some of the limitations of current optogenetic tools. Her work has resulted in the development of a tunable chemo-optogenetic system based on a high-conductance cation channel, TRPA1, coupled to photo-activatable channel ligands.

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