Karl Chai - 2012


I am a Type-II researcher in two senses: 1. by assignment of tasks on paper s/he teaches more than s/he conducts research (Type-I is assigned more research than teaching duties), and 2. his/er research focuses on molecules which may be implicated in many diseases, instead of on a specific disease condition (Type-I researcher).  By coincidence some of the molecules I study are also type-II transmembrane proteins (Read More under Research, please).

I teach Molecular Biology 1 (PCB3522) and Human Genetics (PCB4663) to undergraduate students in the BSBS, and whomever else attracted to these topics.  My teaching philosophy is making complex matters simple, “interpretive” in style.  I have taught at UCF for 20 years and am finally ready to write a textbook, which basically addresses 20 years worth of student questions.

I attended Peking University (PKU, aka Beijing University) and graduated in 1985 with a BS in Biochemistry.  I earned my Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1992 and continued there for post-doctoral research until 1996, when I began my independent research at UCF.