About the Director

Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Ph.D.


Director, Biomolecular Sciences Institute
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh joined FIU in 2012 as the founding director of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher with funding from government and industry, and has served continuously on numerous NIH grant review panels since 1991. She has provided leadership for the initiation and growth of the BSI research mission.

Dr. Tse-Dinh received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Harvard University in 1982. She was a Principal Investigator in Central Research and Development at E. I. DuPont before she joined New York Medical College as a faculty in 1988. Her research investigates the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases as the basis of discovery for antibacterial and anticancer drug leads from synthetic molecules and natural products. Professor Tse-Dinh has over one hundred papers published in peer-reviewed biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology journals.