Wai Haung (Ho) Yu, PhD

Haung (Ho) Yu received three degrees from the University of Toronto: B.Sc. (Honours, Toxicology and Ecology), M.Sc. (Pharmacology), and Ph.D. (Pharmacology). Following his Ph.D., he received a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research with a placement at Nathan Kline Institute/New York University. Yu was promoted to faculty level positions at NYU (Psychiatry) and continued there until he moved to Columbia University (Taub Institute, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology). Yu's research focuses on protein quality control with an emphasis on tauopathy and synucleinopathy in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. His lab is also involved in early-stage drug development with strategies to enhance protein clearance through the modulation of the protein quality control centers (autophagy and proteasomes).