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Moonsun Hwang

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Mark Tester​

Research Interests

Development of genetically encoded sodium sensor

Selected Publications

  • Wisleder, N., Takizawa, N., Lin, P., Wang, X., Cao, C., Tan, T., Ferrante, C., Zhu, H., Sterling, M., Zhao, X., Hwang, M., Cai, C., Cheng, H., Takeshima, H., Xiao, R., and Ma, J., Recombinant MG53 Protein Modulates Therapeutic Cell Membrane Repair in Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy, (2012) Sci. Transl Med. 4, 139-150
  • Hwang, M., Ko, J., Weisleder, N., Takeshima, H. and Ma, J., Redox-dependent oligomerization through a leucine-zipper motif is essential for MG53-mediated cell membrane repair. (2011) Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, 301, C106-14
  • Cao, C.M., Zhang, Y., Weisleder, N., Ferrante, C., Wang, X., Lv, F., Song, R., Hwang, M., Jin, L., Guo, J., Peng, W., Li, G., Nishi, M., Takeshima, H., Ma, J., Xiao, R.P., (2010). MG53 Constitutes a Primary Determinant of Cardiac Ischemic Preconditioning, Circulation, 121, 2565-74.
  • Cai, C., Masumiya, H., Weisleder, N., Matsuda, N., Nishi, M., Hwang, M., Ko, J.K., Lin, P., Thornton, A., Zhao, X., Pan, Z., Komazaki, S., Brotto, M., Takeshima, H., and Ma, J., (2009). MG53 nucleates assembly of cell membrane repair machinery, Nat Cell Biol 11, 56-64.
  • Landstrom, A. P., Weisleder, N., Batalden, K., B., Bos, J. M., Tester, D.J., Ommen, S.R., Wehrens, X.H.T, Claycomb, W.C., Ko, J.K., Hwang, M., Pan, Z., Ma, J., Ackerman, M.J., (2007) Mutations in JPH2-Encoded Junctophilin-2 associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in humans, J Mol Cell Cardiol, 42, 1026-35.

Education Profile

  • 2005 – 2010   Ph.D. Department of Physiology and Biophysics ,University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ-RWJMS), NJ, USA 
  • 1996 – 1997   M.S. Department of Biological Science Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejon, Korea 
  • 1992 – 1995   B.S.  Department of Biological ScienceKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejon, Korea

Professional Profile

  • 2014- current  Post-doctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011  Post Doctoral associate, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, USA Project: The functional analysis of Wnt signaling using chimeric frizzed receptors
  • 2005 – 2010    Ph.D. thesis research, UMDNJ-RWJMS, Physiology and Biophysics, NJ, USA Thesis supervisor: Dr. Jianjie Ma Title: Molecular mechanism of MG53-mediated plasma membrane repair
  • 2004  Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), Daejon, Korea Project: Screening of substrates of metalloproteinases
  • 2000 – 2001 Research Scientist, Toolgen, Inc. Daejon, Korea Project:  Construction and screening of human zinc finger domain library       
  • 1999  Research Scientist, Sungkyunkwan University, Medical College, Suwon, Korea Project: Structural organization of Yeast mediator complex
  • 1998  Research scientist, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI), Seoul, Korea Project: Development and optimization of yeast screening system for zinc finger expression