Le Fèvre Medal for LIMS researcher

The prestigious Le Fèvre Medal from Australian Academy of Science has been awarded to Associate Professor Yuning Hong, from the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) at La Trobe University.

The Le Fèvre Medal in chemistry recognises outstanding basic research in early-career scientists. And after speaking to her peers, “outstanding” is a word often used to describe Associate Professor Hong.

“Yuning’s dedication and commitment to her research are exactly that, “outstanding”. She is a very worthy recipient of the coveted Le Fèvre Medal and an inspiration to all of her peers and the next generation of fundamental researchers,’ remarked LIMS Director Professor Patrick Humbert.

Associate Professor Hong joined LIMS as a Bruce Stone Fellow in 2016. She currently holds the role of Theme Leader for Molecular Design.

Her team has developed a variety of robust fluorescent probes to facilitate the understanding of fundamental biological process like protein misfolding and their implications in neurodegenerative disease. These probes have been shared widely with researchers globally, whose work has contributed to significant findings in a broad range of diseases including cancers, autoimmune and infectious diseases, and rare and undiagnosed diseases.

‘I am honoured to receive Le Fèvre Medal. I hope that my work will contribute to the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and improve their diagnostics and treatment,’ said Associate Professor Hong.

Read more about the work of the Hong Lab or watch the video below.