Victoria Fong

PhD Student
Eye Disease Pathogenesis & Therapies

WHERE I'M FROM

I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA!

BEFORE VS

I worked for Dr. Teresa Bowman at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY), where I studied the role of splicing factors in blood cancers. Previous to that, I received my Masters degree in biology from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) in the lab of Dr. Stephen Devoto, where I studied the influence of Hedgehog signaling on somite and muscle patterning. As an undergraduate, I double majored in biology and neuroscience and behavior.

WHY I’M HERE

I wanted to continue my passion in biology research by moving into more translational work. I chose the Vision Science Group because the program will allow me to expand my skills in conducting basic research, and also design and optimize therapeutics. This group is a mix of students with foundations in different disciplines. By learning from them, I can gain a well rounded perspective and become a better scientist.

MY RESEARCH

I’m fascinated with understanding the genes and signaling pathways that contribute to disease. Upon throwing light on these genes, I hope to move forward by integrating this information with various translational therapies in animal models. I hope to also employ behavioral experiments in my work.

MY GOALS

I aim to conduct research with the intent to contribute positively to society. I would love to see successful “bench-to-bedside” results in my lifetime!

MY HOBBIES

When not in the lab, you can find me at the gym, baking (cinnamon rolls or scones, usually), and now exploring more of the East Bay!

Contact

381 Minor Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720