Kenneth Ng graduated from the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, in 1990 with a B.S. degree (with honors) in biochemistry. In 1992, he completed an M.S. degree in biochemistry after completing a thesis entitled “Development of quantitative PCR for studying gene expression in psoriasis” under the supervision of Dr. Anthony T. Garber. In 1998, he received a Ph.D. degree in structural biology from Stanford University. His doctoral research was supervised by Dr. William I. Weis and his dissertation was entitled “Structural studies of carbohydrate and calcium binding to C-type animal lectins.” From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Ng undertook postdoctoral research on proteinases and polymerases under the supervision of Dr. Michael N.G. James at the University of Alberta. In 2002, Dr. Ng became a Scholar of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, and a Founding Member of the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science (renamed the Alberta Glycomics Centre in 2012). In 2007, he was promoted to the position of an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, and he became an AHFMR Senior Scholar. Dr. Ng's research interests focus primarily on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying replication in positive-strand RNA viruses, as well as carbohydrate recognition in bacterial toxins, antibodies, and carbohydrate-processing enzymes. His research group is particularly interested in using the structural information obtained from X-ray crystallography to guide in the development of novel therapeutics, diagnostics, and tools for treating and investigating important human and animal diseases.
Biography Updated on 18 March 2013