Evolution, Development, and Genomics
I am passionate about the evolution and development of marine invertebrates. I started my journey as a marine biologist in training. I finished my graduate study (master's program) at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium advised by Chii-Shiarng Chen. For my master's thesis, I focused on using cell isolation and imaging techniques to study the endosymbiotic association between corals and dinoflagellates. Without genomic data in corals, it was difficult at that time to perform molecular studies. To have training that allows me to address fundamental questions at the molecular level, I then decided to shift my focus to the emerging model systems with available genome sequences—e.g. sea urchins and amphioxus.
After graduating from the master's program followed by performing a compulsory military service in the navy, I went to Academia Sinica. Where I worked as a research assistant with Yi-Hsien Su and Jr-Kai Yu. In their lab, I studied axial patterning in sea urchins, as well as germline and neuron specification in amphioxus. For my PhD under the supervision by Nori Satoh at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), I studied comparative genomics and transcriptomics of brachiopods, phoronids, and nemerteans. I also applied functional transcriptomics to study axial patterning in brachiopods. I am now in Mansi Srivastava's lab at Harvard OEB, studying stem cell regulation in the acoel Hofstenia miamia.