Yufeng Qian

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Yufeng Qian, Ph.D.

Originally from Henan province, P.R. China, Yufeng Qian received his B.S. degree in Biological Science at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University in 2011. The primary aim of his graduate research was to understand the electron transfer in the process of dissimilatory iron reduction by Shewanella with applications in alternative energy and bioremediation. Yufeng became interested in enzymology during his graduate training and thus pursued a postdoctoral training in the Johnson lab at UT where Yufeng hopes to learn more kinetics.

In the Johnson Lab, Yufeng is currently working on the human mitochondrial helicase. This motor enzyme through its ATP hydrolysis capacity, separates two annealed DNA strands in the process of mitochondrial DNA replication. A series of mutations on this enzyme have been identified to be associated with an inherited human disease called progressive external ophthalmoplegia. The goal of Yufeng's research will be to investigate the kinetics of helicase in the unwinding of DNA and ultimately to understand the mitochondrial DNA replication machinery.

Other than his research, Yufeng is a sports fan with enthusiasm in watching a variety of sport games especially soccer, American football and tennis. Yufeng plays badminton frequently and also enjoys jogging.


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