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Ian Blong

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Ian Blong

Ian Blong

Originally from a small town in eastern Arizona, I attended ASU for undergrad before moving to the Bay Area to try my hand at research. Specifically, I was interested in studying the complexity of human development. Using human pluripotent stem cells, I am currently working on uncovering the molecular mechanisms by which a unique form of intracellular glycosylation, termed O-GlcNAcylation, regulates neural induction.  Analogues to phosphorylation, this post-translational modification is implicated in a number of diseases and disorders that range from diabetes to neurodegeneration. Characterizing and developing methods to manipulate the O-GlcNAcylated state of proteins will allow for a new generation of future diagnostics and therapeutics to be produced. When I’m not working in lab you can bet I’m enjoying my family or golfing.