Dr. Ying-Hui Fu

Dr. Ying-Hui Fu studies the mechanisms of various diseases involving the nervous system. In particular, there are two classes of neurological diseases that she focuses on: demyelinating degenerative diseases and circadian rhythm disorders. Her research group has been using human genetic tools to identify genes involved in these disorders. Studying the disease mechanisms following the discovery of the genes will lead to unraveling of the pathogenesis of these disorders. Dr. Fu also studies human circadian rhythm genetics. Her research group has identified several mutations that are involved in regulation of human rhythmicity. Molecular studies in in vitro systems as well as in model organisms with human mutations are intensely pursued. Dr. Fu's long-term goal for this particular project is to find more mutations that are affecting the human sleep pattern and to characterize these mutations to assist us in understanding the human circadian clock. More information...