Pattaraporn (Patty) Thepsuwan


  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Currently a 1st year student in the MGG MS program

In July 2019, I joined Dr. Shengyi Sun’s laboratory as a research assistant and lab manager. I was able to be a part of Dr. Sun’s laboratory start-up by ordering supplies and organizing the lab’s layout and equipment. The Sun lab is focused on the endoplasmic reticulum quality control process known as ER-associated degradation (ERAD). ERAD targets misfolded ER proteins for cytosolic proteasomal degradation. ERAD is also important in maintaining the protein-folding environment in the ER. My strong work ethic skills and eagerness to learn in Dr. Sun’s lab led me to success in our lab for the first publication in PNAS. I was able to drive the project in the role of ERAD in iron metabolism. I have been involved with a project of ERAD in regulating the biogenesis of the liver protein fibrinogen. 

This position gave me the opportunity to gain more knowledge in molecular biology and genetics, while also showing me that CMMG has put a lot of hard work towards training future scientists. That’s why I decided to pursue my graduate studies here at Wayne State University. This program is going help me become a better scientist and provide more opportunities for my future career in the field.