|Grant ID: RR220063|
Recruitment of Rising Stars
University of Virginia
May 18, 2022
Prof. Ku-Lung (Ken) Hsu, Ph.D., is a chemical biologist that studies protein and lipid activity in human biology and disease. Research conducted in his laboratory is multidisciplinary and uses a combination of organic, bioanalytical, and bioorganic chemistry. His group has developed enabling technologies in the form of covalent probes and inhibitors, and proteomic screening capabilities to help discover new ways for targeting cancer initiation, progression, and resistance.
Prof. Hsu earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin where he trained with Prof. Lara Mahal to pioneer the development of protein microarrays for profiling complex glycosylation on tumor cell surfaces. He pursued further training in chemical biology with Prof. Benjamin Cravatt at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) as a Hewitt Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellow. At TSRI, Prof. Hsu gained expertise in activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) and mass spectrometry-based lipidomics to discover and functionally annotate lipid-signaling pathways in neurophysiology and immunology.