Dr Ya Hui Hung
PhD, BSc(Hons), BMus
Dr Ya Hui Hung completed her PhD in the Department of Genetics at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Her PhD project on Menkes disease set her on a career path of pursuing rare disease research.
She is the research lead at the Florey for developing mRNA gene therapy for Niemann-Pick Disease type C (NP-C) and other rare genetic diseases causing childhood dementia. Her research interests include rare genetic diseases, neurodegeneration, childhood dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her NP-C research has contributed to the mapping of the metallobiology landscape of NP-C and identified early neurological changes that may have clinical implications for human carriers of the NPC1 gene. She is committed to finding a treatment solution for NP-C and other rare genetic diseases.
She is a scientific advisor to the Australian NPC Disease Foundation and a co-organiser of the annual Australian NP-C Conference.
To learn more about NP-C visit the Australian NP-C Disease Foundation website.
To learn more about childhood dementia visit the Childhood Dementia Initiative website.
Awards and achievements
- 2023-2026 – Percy Baxter Charitable Trust
- 2023-2025 – Medical Research Future Fund (CIA)
- 2022 – mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Fund (CIA)
- 2008 – Fluorescence Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences Network Scholarship for Early Career Researchers
- 2004 – The Dame Margaret Blackwood Soroptimist Scholarship