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Postdoc Spotlight: Meet Lingying Tong of Edison Biotechnology Institute

From staff reports | Sep 15, 2015
Lingying Tong.
Lingying Tong. Photo credit: Jean Andrews/Ohio University.

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 21-15, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus.

Lingying Tong is a postdoctoral fellow at the Edison Biotechnology Institute. She works with faculty member Shiyong Wu, who is the institute’s director.

Tong recently participated in a Q&A for the Office of Research Communications.

Please tell us about your research, scholarship or creative work.

My research is focused on UVB-induced skin cancer development and progression. We are the very first group to demonstrate that constitutive nitric oxide synthase (cNOS) plays important roles in manipulating cell signaling pathways that respond to UVB radiation, as well as in regulating UVB-induced skin cancer carcinogenesis. I am also interested in working on natural compounds that could reduce the risk of skin cancer development and become a potential ingredient in sunscreen.

How long have you been a postdoctoral fellow, and what are your primary responsibilities in your lab, program or team?

I have been a postdoctoral fellow for nine months. I am currently leading a couple of projects in my lab and also working on a couple of collaborative projects in the institute and with other labs in the chemistry department.

How does your postdoc position benefit you and how will it help you in your career?

My postdoc position is a continuation of my Ph.D. work, as I took the position in the same lab. I am more independent in terms of working on projects and submitting proposals. In addition, I also have the opportunity to mentor graduate and undergraduate students. I am in a transition status from focusing on my own projects to leading a group of students, and I think the postdoc position definitely will help. My career goal is to be a faculty member and have my own lab, and I think taking a postdoc position is a “must.”

How do university research programs benefit from postdocs?

In the scientific field, postdocs are one of the most productive groups of scientists. They also assist their advisors in a couple of ways, such as leading projects in the labs, publishing papers, preparing proposal submissions and lab management.