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Dr Ming-Shih Hwang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB)

Ming joined the Department of Medicine under the Cambridge immunology network as a research associate in 2015.  His research interests span from mitochondrial diseases and cell death mechanisms to the intricacies of the innate immune response, as well as the incorporation of super light microscopy for the analysis of protein-protein interactions.

Ming studied Biochemistry and Music Performance at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received his dual BSc and BA degrees, respectively in 2010.  Following his undergraduate studies, he then relocated to the UK to engage his doctoral studies in Molecular Medicine under the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, funded by both the Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) as well as an AstraZeneca PhD studentship under their innovative sciences division.  Ming graduated in 2014 with a dissertation on the role of complex II of the mitochondrial respiratory chain in cell death induction.  Following the award of his PhD, Ming joined Prof. Yorgo Modis with funding by the Wellcome Trust to begin investigating the characteristics and role of the mitochondrial anti-viral signaling protein (MAVS) in innate immunity triggered by RNA viruses.

In addition to the life sciences, Ming’s passions lie in classical music and chamber music ensembles and performance.  Between 2010 and 2014, following his music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, he was an active member of the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Vitae, the London Mahler Symphony Orchestra, and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra.  He was also president of the Imperial College Chamber Music Society, where he collaborated with professional musicians to instruct students and various instrumentalists in the Imperial College community on the art of ensemble performance.  Ming is currently a violinist in the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra as well as the Cambridge University Music Society Symphony Orchestra.