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Fenghua Hu

Fenghua Hu

Assistant Professor

345 Weill Hall
(607) 255-0667

Fenghua Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and is a member of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology (Weill Institute). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Peking University in China in 1997 and her Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 2002. She did her postdoctoral training at Yale University. She is presently a member of the graduate Fields of Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology (BMCB), Genetics, Genomics and Development (GGD), and Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS).

Research Focus

The Hu lab is interested in studying molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration, particularly frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We are trying to understand the cellular and physiological functions of several genes associated with ALS/FTLD, such as PGRN, TMEM106B and C9orf72. We hope our studies will not only shed light on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of FTLD but also on the regulation of normal cellular functions and physiology by these FTLD proteins, such as regulation of autophagy-lysosome functions by PGRN, TMEM106B and C9orf72.

Teaching Focus

Fenghua currently teaches BIOMG 6360, "Functional organization of eukaryotic cells", and participates in BMCB graduate courses.

Awards and Honors

  • New Investigator Award (2013) Alzheimer's Association
  • Pilot grant (2012) AFTD

Selected Publications

Journal Publications