Grace Chu-Fang Lo
Chu-Fang Lo is a National Chair Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Bioindustry Sciences, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining NCKU, Dr. Lo served as Dean in the College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, NCKU. Her research mainly focuses on diseases in aquatic animals, the identification and characterization of shrimp pathogens, and host-pathogen interactions in shrimp diseases.
Dr. Lo holds other responsibilities as Principal Investigator of the International Center for the Scientific Development of Shrimp Aquaculture, NCKU, which is a regional World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory for white spot disease. Her research team has been instrumental in developing diagnostic tools for detecting viral and bacterial diseases in shrimp. Several of these diagnostic tools have been developed into detection kits which have then been commercialized through technology transfer. Dr. Lo also spent several years serving as Execom Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of the Fish Health Section (FHS) of Asian Fisheries Society (AFS), and in these capacities, she was involved in organizing symposiums on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA) as well as promoting collaborative efforts to control aquatic animal disease in the Asian region.
Dr. Lo has published 173 papers in peer-reviewed journals with over 50 of her published studies related to WSSV. Many of these publications are highly cited papers. The OIE recently conferred the 2020 Meritorious Award upon Dr. Lo for her lifetime of contributions to aquaculture. She has been certified as a national professor by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, and is a recipient of the TECO award and an award for Outstanding Women in Science, Taiwan. Dr. Lo is currently establishing a smart shrimp farm in Taiwan that uses the latest technologies, including artificial intelligence and the synergies that result from installing solar panels over aquaculture ponds.