What is your role in the department?
I work as a staff scientist and lab manager for Keiko Hirose, MD.
What is your background in research?
I was born in China, near the southern border of North Korea, in the Zilin Province. I obtained my medical degree in China then completed a PhD in molecular medicine in South Korea. I did some postdoctoral research there in endocrinology, then moved to the U.S. in 2003 to take a postdoctoral position in the Renal Division of the Department of Internal Medicine here at Washington University. I spent several years in Internal Medicine, then accepted a position with Dr. Hirose here at Central Institute for the Deaf at WashU.
What do you like most about your work here?
I like that I get to perform relatively independent research, planning and designing experiments, and doing the data collection and analysis. CID has a good research group – it’s very quiet and all the people here are very nice. And I have an office outside the lab space.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to watch national and international news, often in Korean or Chinese. I am also often busy with home repairs, car repairs and working in the yard. I enjoy spending time in our vegetable garden. I also return to China every year to visit my parents who are in their 80s. I was unable to go last year because of the pandemic, so I’m really looking forward to the next opportunity. I have a wife, Amy Zhung, and two sons, Boran and William. Boran is a sophomore at Saint Louis University and William is a sophomore in high school.
What is your favorite movie or book?
I don’t have a specific favorite movie, but I like to watch American action movies. If a movie has Harrison Ford, Jason Statham or Liam Neeson starring in it, then I am sure to like it!
Is there something about you that would surprise your colleagues?
I love the outdoors. I like fishing, camping, floating and traveling to new outdoor places. This is often our family vacations, and we just took a nice trip to southern Illinois with friends over the Memorial Day holiday.