Faculty Member, Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery
Assistant Professor, School of Molecular Sciences
Po-Lin Chiu has always been interested in understanding how biological form follows its function. He earned his bachelor in pharmacy at National Taiwan University, Taipei, and in addition to the clinical practice, he started to work in the laboratory and study a viral helicase using X-ray crystallography. To expand knowledge, he pursued his master degree in electrical engineering at National Taiwan University, Taipei, and has the expertise in optics and signal processing. His Ph.D. was then completed in biophysics at University of California, Davis, focusing on electron microscopy of a bacterial cyclic nucleotide-modulated channel. After graduation, he moved to Havard Medical School, Boston, as a postdoctoral fellow to study how lipids interact with membrane proteins using cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM). Now in the ASU he continues his research investigations on lipid-protein interaction with a focus on the receptor complex of axonal regeneration using the cryo-EM method combined with biophysical and biochemical techniques.