Staff profile: Lung-Yu Liang

Staff profile: Lung-Yu Liang

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March 2020

Lung-Yu Liang
PhD candidate Lung-Yu Liang is intent on improving
outcomes for patients.

Mr Lung-Yu Liang
PhD student

Describe your job… I am a PhD candidate working on understanding how a ‘dead’ version of an enzyme, called a pseudokinase, is able to regulate cancer spread at a molecular level. I’m hoping to determine if pseudokinases could provide a potential alternative target for treating cancers.

Why do you enjoy what you do? I love challenges and the process of scientific work. You could believe a hypothesis and it ends up being wrong, and you could also make a huge discovery by chance. The challenges and the unpredictability make research fascinating."

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? The Institute proactively cultivates diversity in its working environment.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Always thoroughly prepare yourself. Even if the thing you prepared ends up not being useful to what you were originally planning for, it will be ready for a later stage.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020? I’m planning on submitting my research to a major scientific journal this year!

What is your ultimate career goal? I’d love to develop a method enabling the monitoring of real-time disease states in patients. This would allow for more personalised treatments for patients and ultimately better health outcomes.

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