Moonsun Hwang

Moonsun Hwang

Postdoctoral Fellows


Moonsun graduated in Bioscience from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea). She completed her PhD in 2010 at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (USA). 

Research Interests

Development of genetically encoded sodium sensor

Selected Publications

  • Wisleder, N., Takizawa, N., Lin, P., Wang, X., Cao, C., Tan, T., Ferrante, C., Zhu, H., Sterling, M., Zhao, X., Hwang, M., Cai, C., Cheng, H., Takeshima, H., Xiao, R., and Ma, J., Recombinant MG53 Protein Modulates Therapeutic Cell Membrane Repair in Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy, (2012) Sci. Transl Med. 4, 139-150
  • Hwang, M., Ko, J., Weisleder, N., Takeshima, H. and Ma, J., Redox-dependent oligomerization through a leucine-zipper motif is essential for MG53-mediated cell membrane repair. (2011) Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, 301, C106-14
  • Cao, C.M., Zhang, Y., Weisleder, N., Ferrante, C., Wang, X., Lv, F., Song, R., Hwang, M., Jin, L., Guo, J., Peng, W., Li, G., Nishi, M., Takeshima, H., Ma, J., Xiao, R.P., (2010). MG53 Constitutes a Primary Determinant of Cardiac Ischemic Preconditioning, Circulation, 121, 2565-74.
  • Cai, C., Masumiya, H., Weisleder, N., Matsuda, N., Nishi, M., Hwang, M., Ko, J.K., Lin, P., Thornton, A., Zhao, X., Pan, Z., Komazaki, S., Brotto, M., Takeshima, H., and Ma, J., (2009). MG53 nucleates assembly of cell membrane repair machinery, Nat Cell Biol 11, 56-64.
  • Landstrom, A. P., Weisleder, N., Batalden, K., B., Bos, J. M., Tester, D.J., Ommen, S.R., Wehrens, X.H.T, Claycomb, W.C., Ko, J.K., Hwang, M., Pan, Z., Ma, J., Ackerman, M.J., (2007) Mutations in JPH2-Encoded Junctophilin-2 associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in humans, J Mol Cell Cardiol, 42, 1026-35.


  • 2005 – 2010  PhD Department of Physiology and Biophysics ,University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ-RWJMS), NJ, USA.
  • 1996 – 1997    MS Department of Biological Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejon, Korea.
  • 1992 – 1995    BS  Department of Biological Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejon, Korea.

Professional Profile

  • 2014- current   Post-doctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011        Post Doctoral associate, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, USA. Project: The functional analysis of Wnt signaling using chimeric frizzed receptors
  • 2005 – 2010    Ph.D. thesis research, UMDNJ-RWJMS, Physiology and Biophysics, NJ, USA. Thesis supervisor: Dr. Jianjie Ma. Title: Molecular mechanism of MG53-mediated plasma membrane repair
  • 2004    Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), Daejon, Korea. Project: Screening of substrates of metalloproteinases
  • 2000 – 2001    Research Scientist, Toolgen, Inc. Daejon, Korea. Project:  Construction and screening of human zinc finger domain library       
  • 1999        Research Scientist, Sungkyunkwan University, Medical College, Suwon, Korea. Project: Structural organization of Yeast mediator complex
  • 1998        Research scientist, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI), Seoul, Korea. Project: Development and optimization of yeast screening system for zinc finger expression