Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Lee-Ming Chuang, MD, PhD, FTOS, professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at National Taiwan University Medical College.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am a professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at National Taiwan University Medical College in Taipei City, Taiwan.
Q: Can you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: I am currently conducting molecular genetic studies related to obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Through this, I am characterizing the function of the genes of interest in animal models. I am also working on bench work to study the molecular mechanism of the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: Persistence in searching for the causes of this disease.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Choose the right theme that is also interesting to you. Think about the feasible approaches and expect the impact of the research outcomes.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: I am interested in adipocyte biology and the browning of WAT.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I like regular exercise, brisk walking and taking nice photos.