|Wei-Jen Lin, Ph.D.
Cal Poly Pomona
My research area is primarily focus on the molecular mechanisms of bacteria in the pathogenesis, spread, and the host response. Including protein-protein interaction of bacterial toxins, cross-species transfer of pathogenic genes, controls of bacterial infection and intoxication, food safety and host immune defense. Bacterial gene expression system with focus on promoter function and reporter gene activity.
Current Research Projects
2. Avian botulism of California brown pelicans at Salton Sea [for more info, click Salton Sea]
3. Antimicrobial activity of probiotic bacteria [see probiotic articles]
Post-Doctoral and NIH-National
Research Service Award fellow
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.S. University of Minnesota, Twin City
B.S. National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Scientist, Neurotoxin Research Program, Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA.
Studied recombinant botulinum neurotoxin and its clinical use in treating neuromuscular disorders.
Scientist, Division of Immunology and Cancer Biology, Gilead Sciences (Formerly NeXstar Pharmaceuticals and Supragen Inc.), Lakewood, CO.
Studied bacterial superantigens and their role in autoimmune diseases.
NIH National Research Service Award Fellow, Channing Laboratory for Infectious Disease, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
Studied the regulation of late gene expression of Staphylococcal superantigens.
Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Studied the regulation of botulinum neurotoxin in Clostridium botulinum with the development of various genetic tools.
Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, Twin City.
Studied the synergistic growth and the ß-galactosidase activity in a mixed culture of Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus.
InterAgency Botulism Research
Coordinating Committee (IBRCC)
American Society for Microbiology
Things that I do at spare time (if any!)
Most likely I will be driving
my kids to various activities and volunteering for school and community activities
Things that I enjoy but have no time to do............ gardening, music, reading novel, etc.