Yen-Ping Hsueh received her undergraduate (2001) and master’s (2003) degrees from National Taiwan University where she majored in Plant Pathology and Microbiology. In 2003, she joined Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University and conducted her graduate work on the genetics and evolution of the sexual cycle and the mating-type locus of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Heitman. In 2010, she joined Dr. Paul Sternberg’s lab at Caltech as a postdoc and started to investigate the interactions between nematodes and nematode-trapping fungi. During her time at Caltech, Ping set-up a system using C. elegans and A. oligospora as a model to study the predator-prey interaction under Paul’s mentorship. In 2015, Ping came back to Taiwan and joined IMB at Academia Sinica to set up her research group. She hopes that her lab will contribute to understanding the genetic basis for the interactions between these microscopic prey and predators and meanwhile foster the next generation of young scientists in Taiwan.


2008  GSA DeLill Nasser Award for professional development in Genetics

2014  NIH/NIGMS K99 Pathway to Independence Award

2017  Academia Sinica Career Development Award

2018  Taiwan Foundation for Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship

          Yong Scholars’ Creativity Award (傑出人才基金會年輕學者創新獎)

2019  Future Leader of The STS Forum, Japan

2019  EMBO Global Investigator 

2020  EMBO Young Investigator