Chung, Hui-Min

Dr. Hui-Min Chung

  • Position:  Associate Chair and Associate Professor
  • Department:  Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62C
  • Campus: 850.474.2321


Dr. Hui-Min Chung is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biology and Coordinator of the Graduate Program. Chung, who earned a Ph.D. in Genetics and Development from Columbia University, often conducts research and teaches classes that focus on aspects of how animals develop. Her laboratory uses the powerful genetics of the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study signaling transductions that regulate cell fate determination and cell growth.

Students in her lab also research developmental genetics and genomic studies. Some of her recent research investigated the networks and functions associated with presenilin, a protein that is a key player in the animal development and a factor in human diseases like Alzheimer’s. Chung seeks methods to improve students’ learning; she has conducted research on pedagogy for science students.

After receiving her Ph.D. Chung spent nine years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Neurobiology & Behavior at Columbia University. She joined UWF in 2003. Her research has examined genomics, presenilin, and numerous facets of the common fruit fly. Chung’s findings have been published in Genesis, Genomics, CBE—Life Sciences Education, American Biology Teacher, and other journals. Chung won a Friend of Diversity Award in 2015 and was named a Fellow of the Center for University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in 2014.

Degrees & Institutions:

Ph.D. in Genetics and Development, Columbia University


Chung is interested in understanding how an animal develops.  My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetics of the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study signaling transductions that regulate cell fate determination and cell growth.  I am also a strong advocate of enrooting undergraduate science education in doing basic research. Students in my lab participate various research activities including developmental genetics and genomic studies.

Her recent focus has been to investigate how Presenilin, a protein which is a very important player in animal development and in causing human diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, networks with other proteins to deliver its functioning.  Her team has established an animal system that enables them to study Presenilin function at any developmental stage. Their recent finding indicates that Presenilin not only is important to induce signal transduction that favors cell differentiation and growth, but might also be capable to suppress cell proliferation.  They hope to further studies on how Presenilin networks with other proteins will illustrate the detailed mechanisms of the diverse roles of Presenilin in animal development.

Current Courses:

  • Biology
  • Biology Skills
  • Molecular Biology Lab

Classes Taught:

    • Genetics
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Molecular Genetics
    • Human Genetics


    Barakat, A., Mercier, B., Cooper, E., and Chung, H.-M., (2009) Examining requirement for formation of functional Presenilin proteins and their processing events in vivo Genesis 47(3): 161-8.

    Cooper, E., Deng, W.-M., and Chung, H.-M. (2009) Aph-1 is required to regulate Presenilin-mediated gamma-secretase activity and cell survival in Drosophila wing development Genesis. 47(3): 169-74.

    David Lopatto, Consuelo Alvarez, Daron Barnard, Chitra Chandrasekaran, Hui-Min Chung, Chunguang Du, Todd Eckdahl, Anya Goodman, Charles Hauser, Christopher Jones, Olga Kopp, Gary Kuleck, Gerard McNeil, Robert Morris, Jennifer Myka, Alexis Nagengast, Paul Overvoorde, Jeffrey Poet, Kelynne Reed, Gloria Regisford, Dennis Revie, Anne Rosenwald, Kenneth Saville, Mary Shaw, Elizabeth Shoop, Gary Skuse, Christopher Smith, Mary Smith, Mary Spratt, Joyce Stamm, Jeffrey Thompson, Colette Witkowski, James Youngblom, Wilson Leung, Christopher Shaffer, Jeremy Buhler, Elaine Mardis, Sarah C R Elgin (2008) UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: Genomics Education Partnership Science 322. 684 - 685

Keywords: genetics, genomics, Drosophila melanogaster, presenilin, nicastrin