Dr. Fu received her B.S. in biology from the California Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. At UPenn, Dr. Fu joined the lab of Erika Holzbaur, where she worked on mechanisms of axonal transport regulation by adapter proteins that link cargos to motors. She published two first-author papers in the Journal of Cell Biology and in Developmental Cell on the role of the adapter protein JIP1 in regulating APP (amyloid precursor protein) vesicle transport and autophagosome transport. She received the Saul Winegrad Prize for Outstanding Thesis in Neuroscience and a F31 NRSA predoctoral fellowship.
Dr. Fu moved to Stanford University to join the lab of Ben Barres for her postdoctoral training. She worked on mechanisms of microtubule organization and mRNA transport in oligodendrocytes and published first-author papers in Cell and PNAS. She received the ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) Porter Prize for Research Excellence, a postdoctoral fellowship from NMSS (National Multiple Sclerosis Society), and a F32 NRSA postdoctoral fellowship.
Dr. Fu joined NINDS as a tenure-track investigator in Fall 2020, where her lab focuses on studying the cell biology of oligodendrocytes using interdisciplinary techniques with the goal to better understand normal myelin development, and demyelinating and neurodegenerative diseases.