Alice Y. Ting

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Alice Yen-Ping Ting
Born Taiwan
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater TAMS, Harvard, University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Peter G. Schultz
Other academic advisors E.J. Corey, Roger Y. Tsien
Known for live cell biomolecular studies

Alice Yen-Ping Ting is Taiwanese-born American chemist. She is a professor of Genetics, Biology, and Chemistry at Stanford University.

Early life and education[edit]

Alice Ting was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the United States when she was three years old. She was raised in Texas and attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS). In 1991, she attended the prestigious Research Science Institute. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1996, working with Nobel laureate E.J. Corey. She completed her Ph.D. with Peter G. Schultz at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000.

Ting completed her postdoctoral fellowship with 2008 Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien.


Ting joined the MIT Chemistry Department in 2002 where she was the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor until 2016. In 2016, she relocated with her laboratory to Stanford University. Her research harnesses the power of enzymes to study and manipulate protein function in living cells. She has received a number of awards, including a 2008 NIH Director's Pioneer Award,[1] a 2010 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, an NIH Transformative R01 Award, the McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award, the Technology Review TR35 Award, the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science in 2012.[2]

Ting and her lab are credited with developing a new molecular probe technique, PRIME (PRobe Incorporation Mediated by Enzymes), a protein labeling technique that is a high resolution and high specificity alternative to Green Fluorescent Protein imaging.[3] Ting has also developed the APEX (engineered ascorbate peroxidase) reporter for proteomic mapping of living cells, and electron microscopy imaging of specific cellular proteins.


  1. ^ 2008 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Recipients retrieved online: 2009-05-12
  2. ^ "Professor Alice Ting wins Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science". MIT News. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  3. ^ A fluorophore ligase for site-specific protein labeling inside living cells, by C. Uttamapinant, K.A. White, H. Baruah, S. Thompson, M. Fernández-Suárez, S. Puthenveetil, and A.Y. Ting, in PNAS, vol. 107 no. 24

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