Members

See-Yeun received his B.S. in Life Sciences from the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan, in 2009. He was a research technician at the Academia Sinica in Dr. Soo-Chen Cheng's lab before completing his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Craig at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the U.S.
From 2017 to 2021, See-Yeun was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Joseph Mougous in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington before moving back to Taiwan and establishing his lab in the Institute of Molecular Biology at Academia Sinica in 2021.


Ph.D. Candidate (Class of 2021)

Chia-En Tsai, M.S. (蔡佳恩)

Chia-En received her B.S. degree in Plant Pathology from National Chung-Hsing University and pursued her M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from National Cheng-Kung University afterward. After graduation, she kept working on her project as a research assistant for a year to identify a novel host factor involved in the colonization and tolerance of enterohemorrhagic E. coli in C. elegans. In 2021, she became the Ph.D. student in TIGP-MCB in Academia Sinica and joined in the Ting lab. Chia-En's research goal is to identify and characterize novel pathways by which bacteria defend against interbacterial antagonism.


Ph.D. Candidate (Class of 2021)

Pin-Yi Song, M.S. (宋品儀 Jasmine)

Jasmine received her B.S. and M.S. in Medical Laboratory Science from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan, in 2014 and 2017. She studied the functions of 5 unknown genes of the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori J99 regulated by the global post-transcription regulator, CsrA, and the roles they played in motility. She worked as a research assistant at the Academia Sinica in Dr. Yu-ling Shih's lab from 2020-2021. Now she joined the Ting lab as a Ph.D. student of the TIGP-MCB program held by Academia Sinica, where she aims to develop novel techniques for microbiome manipulation.


Research Assistant

Yung-Chih Chen (陳永智)

Yung-Chih graduated from the National University of Kaohsiung in 2021 with a B.S. in Life Sciences. While at NUK, he worked as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Chia-Ning Yang. He studied how the mutations on Nucleotide Leucine rich-repeat Receptors, Pikp-1, affects the oligomization, and the interaction with an Avirulence protein effector, AVR-Pia, through structural and biomolecular modeling approaches. After graduation, he joins the Ting lab as a research assistant at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Academia Sinica, where he focuses on the fundamental mechanisms of interbacterial antagonism.


Research Associate

Po-Yin Chen, M.S. (陳柏因)

Po-Yin received both bachelor and master degrees in Plant Pathology and Microbiology from the National Taiwan University. During her graduate study, Po-Yin investigated the function of the movement protein, TGB1, in potexviruses, CVX and PiVX, during the process of viral infection. In 2022, she decided to join the Ting lab as a Research Associate where she takes synthetic biology approaches to understand how microbes communicate with each other in close quarters.


Research Associate

Feng-Qi Wang, M.S. (王豐錡)

Feng-Qi holds a B.S. and a M.S. degree in Microbiology from Soochow University in Taiwan. During his graduate studies, he conducted research on coral holobionts, with a specific focus on phages, while working under the mentorship of Dr. Sen-Lin Tang at the Biodiversity Center in Academia Sinica. In 2023, Feng-Qi became a Research Associate in the Ting Lab, where he investigates the intricate interactions between bacteria and phages.


Research Associate

Lo-Ting Huang, M.S. (黃洛婷 Kari)

Kari earned her bachelor's degree with a major in Agronomy and a minor in Plant Pathology at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. Her research journey commenced as an intern scholar collaborating with Dr. Chih-Hang Wu at the Institute of Plant and Microbiology in Academia Sinica. During this period, Kari acquired valuable laboratory experience while investigating the specificity of the nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat receptors (NLRs) network. This initial exposure fueled Kari's sustained interest in NLRs, leading to her pursuit of a master's degree in Plant Pathology at National Chung Hsing University. Her thesis focused on unraveling the molecular mechanism of helper NLRs in plant immunity mediated by receptor-like proteins. Post-graduation, Kari decided to further her scientific endeavors and joined the Ting lab at IMB, where her research is centered on elucidating how bacteria counteract their competitors.


Pre-graduate Research Scholar

Lily Yang (楊伶莉)

Lily grew up in the southwestern Taiwan at Pingtung city, where she got educated and learned her interests in the fundamental biology. Later, she decided to move to the north and began her college career in the Department of Life Sciences at the National Taiwan University. Lily had a broad interest in biological sciences and the one drew her the most attention is the subject of Bacteriology. In 2022, she became an active member in the Ting lab as a Pre-graduate Research Scholar. She is working in the "Defense Team" to investigate how pathogenic bacteria protect themselves from external biotic stress.

In 2023, Lily successfully applied and acquired the Research Grant for University Students from NSTC (
National Science and Technology Council). Lily will receive a monthly stipend over the course of the research period in the Ting Lab.


Lab Manager

Celia Ng (吳詩琳)

Celia earned her bachelor's degree in Entomology from The National Taiwan University in 2022. Following that, she gained research experience by joining Dr. Wen Chang's lab as a research assistant. In this role, she contributed to the development of the grouper kidney cell (GK cell) culture system and the optimization of procedures for Grouper Iridovirus (GIV) infection, including GK cell isolation. In 2023, Celia transitioned to the Ting lab, where her responsibilities primarily involve the management of the laboratory, procurement of necessary materials, and ensuring the proper maintenance of scientific instruments. Her dedication to research and laboratory management makes her a valuable asset to our team.


2024 Summer Intern


Vu Phuong Thao Nguyen
Thao is a passionate third-year Biotechnology major at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture. She has conducted research on phages infecting Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a pathogen responsible for acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) in shrimp in Vietnam. In the summer of 2024, she will continue to pursue her fascination with phages by focusing on the isolation of Salmonella Typhimurium-specific phages as an international intern at the Ting Lab.


Kiwi Hu
Kiwi lived in Taipei before deciding to move to southern Taiwan to begin her college career. She is majoring in Biotechnology at the National Kaohsiung Normal University. In 2023, she joined Dr. Duen-Wei Hsu's laboratory, where the research focuses on bacterial drug resistance and pathogenicity. Currently, she is working on a project to construct plasmids that include Elizabethkingia's drug-resistant genes. This summer, Kiwi will work with Jasmine as an intern at the Ting Lab, eager to expand her knowledge and contribute to groundbreaking research.

Join Us

We are always interested in recruiting motivated, collaborative, and curious individuals from diverse backgrounds. Please inquire about training and job opportunities by sending an e-mail to Dr. Ting. (tinglaboratory@gmail.com)

Research Assistants/Associates

We recruit research assistants with bachelor or master degree. Successful candidates will support ongoing projects with the goal of understanding the defense and offense mechanisms between bacteria. Preference will be given to individuals who have a long-term interest in research and lab experience. Please send your CV and statement of interest to Dr. Ting.

Benefits:
Master level - Salary starting from NT$ 43,624/Month with 1.5-month Year-end bonus.
Bachelor level - Salary starting from NT$ 37,240/Month with 1.5-month Year-end bonus.
(Including National Health Insurance; Work insurance; Pension scheme.)

Graduate Students (M.S. and Ph.D.)

Prospective students can apply through 1) the Genome and Systems Biology Program from National Taiwan University (https://ntugsb.ntu.edu.tw/Default.html) 2) the Graduate Program in Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology from National Taiwan University (https://ntuclsimcb.ntu.edu.tw) or 3) the Taiwan International Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology from Academia Sinica (https://www.imb.sinica.edu.tw/mcb/). You are also welcome to contact Dr. Ting directly if you are interested in joining the lab.


Undergraduate Students

We are interested in motivated undergraduate students in any stage of your degree. Prospective undergraduates can apply through the IMB summer undergraduate internship program (https://www.imb.sinica.edu.tw/imbsip/) or contact Dr. Ting directly by emailing your research interests, future professional plans, and most recent unofficial transcript.

High School Students

If you are a motivated senior high school student and interested in joining the laboratory, please apply through the Biological Programs for Selected Senior High School Students in Academia Sinica (https://hispj.ipmb.sinica.edu.tw/).

Postdoctoral Fellows

Highly motivated postdoctoral fellows with experiences in diverse fields, such as Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, and Synthetic Biology are always encouraged to apply. Please send your CV, research interests, and contact info for three references directly to Dr. Ting.

2022 Summer outing in Escape Room (奪命鎖鏈)

Alumni

2022 Tse-Ping Wang (王則憑) - Summer Intern (IMB-SIP)
2022 Wei-Tse Tsai (蔡瑋澤) - Summer Intern (IMB-SIP)
2023
Ze-Hao Zhang (張澤豪) - Research Assistant
2023 Tina Lin (林照玲) - Lab Assistant
2023 Jeremy Palaad - Summer Intern (TIGP-IIP)
2023 Chloe Lin (林芮妤) - Summer Intern (IMB-SIP)
2023 Vivian Yang (楊芳譽) - Summer Intern (IMB-SIP)
2023 Thuy Thi-Thu Cao (高秋翠) - Ph.D. Roton (TIGP-MCB)
2024 Ta-Chien Hsieh (謝大前) - Research Assistant