Miss Shelley Fong
Shelley Fong graduated from the University of Auckland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Biomedical Engineering, and commenced her PhD in 2014.
Research | Current
Following her interest in molecular biology, Shelley's research involves biophysical modelling of water and ion transport in the thin liquid layer coating alveolar epithelial cells. This work will be centred on an innovative "lung-on-chip" device recently developed in the US, which enables the creation of a representative microenvironment to observe the behaviour of these cells in the lung. Her research will involve creating a cell model of the epithelium, including a mathematical model of epithelial transport.
Elucidation of the processes which affect the thickness of this layer will improve on our current understanding of lung physiology, and will aid in the treatments of various pulmonary diseases.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Fong, S., Chiorini, J. A., Sneyd, J., & Suresh, V. (2017). Computational modeling of epithelial fluid and ion transport in the parotid duct after transfection of human aquaporin-1. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 312 (2), G153-G163. 10.1152/ajpgi.00374.2016
Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Sneyd, Vinod Suresh