Parkson Lee-Gau Chong

Temple University, USA


Parkson Chong received his Ph.D. degree in 1982 from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he studied membranes under high hydrostatic pressures. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Virginia, he studied lipid lateral organization in model membranes. Currently, Chong is a Professor of biochemistry at Temple University, School of Medicine. He has more than 30 years of research experience in the area of membrane biophysics and biochemistry. In recent years, his research has been focused on sterol superlattices and the physical properties of archaeal tetraether lipid membranes. Since 1992, he has been actively involved in physical characterization of model membranes made of bipolar tetraether lipids isolated from the thermoacidophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius, with special attention focused on volume fluctuations, membrane packing and stability, and solute permeability. Chong is also interested in the isolation and characterization of new archaeal lipids and the use of archaeal liposomes for technological applications.

Biography Updated on 4 September 2011

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