Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Neurobiology, human genetics, molecular biology

Academic Credentials

  • BSc, MSc, Biochemistry, McMaster University
  • PhD, MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for Human Genetics, Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Interests

The goal of the Leung Laboratory is to elucidate the functions of proteins important in the development of neural circuits that control behaviours. We utilize the fruit fly as an in vivo model to study how these proteins function in an intact nervous system.

Many of these proteins are engaged in intricate and dynamic protein-protein interaction networks to exert their cellular functions. A key question is how the three-dimensional architecture of the protein-protein interface facilitates their functions in a manner that is responsive to the cellular physiology.

Therefore, our lab also utilizes structural approaches to visualize these protein complexes in three-dimension trapped in different physiological states. With these integrative experimental approaches, we aim to provide a novel perspective in our understanding of neural development that gives rise to animal behaviours.

Visit the Leung Lab website https://research-groups.usask.ca/leunglab/ for more information.