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Alice Y. Ting

Alice Yen-Ping Ting
Born Taiwan
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater TAMS, Harvard, University of California, Berkeley
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Other academic advisors E.J. Corey, Roger Y. Tsien
Known for live cell biomolecular studies

Alice Yen-Ping Ting is Taiwanese-born American chemist. She is a professor in the department of chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alice Ting was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the United States when she was three years old. She was raised in Texas and attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS). In 1991, she attended the prestigious Research Science Institute. She received her BS in Chemistry from Harvard in 1996, working with Nobel laureate E.J. Corey. She completed her Ph.D. with Peter G. Schultz from University of California, Berkeley in 2000. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship with 2008 Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien.

She joined the MIT Chemistry Department in 2002 where she is now the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor. Her research harnesses the power of enzymes to study and manipulate protein function in living cells. She has received a number of awards, including a 2008 NIH Director's Pioneer Award,[1] a 2010 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, an NIH Transformative R01 Award, the McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award, the Technology Review TR35 Award, the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise.

Ting and her lab are credited with developing a new molecular probe technique, PRIME (PRobe Incorporation Mediated by Enzymes), a protein labeling technique that is a high resolution and high specificity alternative to Green Fluorescent Protein imaging.[2] Ting has also developed the APEX (engineered ascorbate peroxidase) reporter for proteomic mapping of living cells, and electron microscopy imaging of specific cellular proteins.


  1. ^ 2008 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Recipients retrieved online: 2009-05-12
  2. ^ A fluorophore ligase for site-specific protein labeling inside living cells, by C. Uttamapinant, K.A. White, H. Baruah, S. Thompson, M. Fernández-Suárez, S. Puthenveetil, and A.Y. Ting, in PNAS, vol. 107 no. 24

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