2020 ASBMB FELLOWSHIP: STEFFI CHEUNG
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Melbourne
Dr Steffi Cheung completed her Bachelor in Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne in 2014. She was awarded the MIRS and MIFRS scholarships by the University of Melbourne to undertake her PhD studies at the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research/Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne under the mentorship of Professor Michael Parker in 2015. Her doctoral studies focussed on studying the signalling mechanism of the beta common family of cytokines, where she employed various biophysical techniques to complement her structural biology studies. She was awarded her doctoral degree in 2019, resulting in four publications. Her performance was also recognised by several awards, including the 2018 Sawyer Medal recognising her exceptional scientific contribution during her doctoral studies in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne and the 2017 International Union of Crystallography Young Scientist Award, amongst others. She presents her work at local and international conferences, being invited to present her doctoral work at the CRYSTAL32/AsCA2018 conference and being awarded the 42nd International Lorne Protein Structure and Function Poster Prize. Steffi is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Structural Biology and Computational Design laboratory at the Bio21 Institute.
The ASBMB Fellowship was to give Steffi the opportunity to attend the 25th Congress of the IUCr assembly, Prague, Czech Republic, to help diversify her structural biology skills.