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2016 Predoctoral Researchers


Wei-Ting Yueh

National Taiwan University
Gerton Lab

Deep-seated curiosity has driven Wei-Ting Yueh for as long as he can remember. As a child he wanted to know “why,” especially when it came to the mystery of what makes living things do what they do.

His fascination with biological systems led him to pursue a B.S. in life sciences at National Taiwan University (NTU). He stayed at NTU for his master’s degree, researching annelid regeneration and how cells communicate through Wnt signaling pathways. After graduation he became a research assistant at National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan and studied biomechanics. There, he focused on how male diving beetles use their seta, a bristly hair-like structure, as an underwater bio-sucker to grasp females.

Yueh believes the most important aspect of basic science is to ask good questions. He hopes to learn how the researchers at the Institute find and solve interesting scientific problems, from the design of experiments to the analysis of data.

Once he gets settled in the program,Yueh looks forward to finding new friends through his favorite sport, basketball, as well as in the labs. He eagerly anticipates being surrounded by people who, like him, pursue the same scientific goals — to understand the intricate mechanics of how living organisms survive and thrive.