Mason Wu joined Southern Research in 2015 as a research chemist in the Chemistry Department, where he leads the Structural Biology Laboratory. His main interests are focused on structure-based drug discovery to develop drugs against cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. Wu’s lab will provide support to every aspect of X-ray crystallography, including construct design, molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, crystallization, data collection, and structural determination.
Wu received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemistry from Xiamen University in China. He subsequently obtained his doctorate degree in X-ray crystallography from National University of Singapore in 2006. Since 2007, Wu has been working in the Center for Membrane Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor to study Ca2+ regulation and transport mechanisms of sodium calcium exchangers (NCXs) using structural biological approaches.