Fish eyes: modeling genetic mutations behind ocular disease
Using zebrafish as a model, Dr Yuk Fai Leung studies the gene networks behind ocular diseases. Finding the genetic root of ocular diseases allows for more accurate and effective treatment, and Leung explores both Western and Traditional Chinese medicine.
Leung is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana.
He completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) but did not anticipate a career as an academic scientist when he took his first a job as a Research Assistant. It was while working at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) located at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital in Kowloon, that his boss suggested a part-time PhD.
"I enjoyed ophthalmology. Like most Hongkongers, I was adaptable and thought it was a very worthwhile field of research," he says.
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Dr Yuk Fai Leung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. He received his B.Sc. and M.Phil. in Biochemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Ph.D. in Ophthalmology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2002, Leung began his postdoctoral research at Harvard University with the support of Croucher.