Irwin I. Puc

Academia Sinica, Taipei City, Taiwan

Virologist/Immunologist interested in pathogenesis, zoonotic disease and public health.  
Virologist • Technophile • Programmer • | #LoveVirology #photography #gadgeteer .


Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow

Academia Sinica - The Cheng Lab
Tasks
  • Focusing on the characterization of virus-specific CD8+ T cells and their profile of tissue residency & exhaustion.
  • Investigating hepatitis B virus (HBV), SARS-CoV-2, and human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Employing mass cytometry, single-cell multi-omics, spatial imaging, and high-dimensional analysis to dissect human virus-specific immune responses.
June 2023 - Present

Researcher & laboratory assistant

National Cheng Kung University
Tasks
  • Designed and prepared new experiment for preliminary data for grant applications.
  • Implemented new experiment protocols for lab use.
  • Maintained laboratory equipment and reagent inventory, ensuring that all supplies were available and in good working order.
  • Trained and supervised new laboratory members, providing guidance on experimental techniques and safety protocols.
  • Preparation of scientific papers, reports and English editing.
January 2019 - July 2023

Researcher

University of Belize - Micropropagation Laboratory Central Farm
Tasks
  • Perform laboratory experiments.
  • Execute new protocols for more efficient propagation.
  • Maintained laboratory equipment and reagent inventory, ensuring that all supplies were available and in good working order.
  • Maintain database of: expenses, materials and study data.
  • Trained and supervised new laboratory members, providing guidance on experimental techniques and safety protocols.
August 2013 - August 2015

Education

National Cheng Kung University

Institute of Basic Medical Sciences
Ph. D Basic Medical Sciences

August 2018 - July 2023

National Cheng Kung University

Institute of Basic Medical SCIENCE
Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Immunology

August 2016 - August 2018

University of Belize

Faculty of SCIENCE and Technology
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology

August 2013 - August 2015

University of Belize

Faculty of SCIENCE and Technology
Associate's Degree in Information Technology

January 2011 - June 2014

University of Belize

Faculty of SCIENCE and Technology
Associate's Degree in Biology

January 2011 - June 2013

Core competencies

Programming Languages & Laboratory skills

Coding: Python, R, HTML, CSS

Interest: Molecular and cell biology assays, Big data, Machine learning, Global health, Infectious diseases

Personal qualities: Team player, Communication, Critical thinker, Problem solving, Multitasking, Time efficient, Adaptability

Language: English (native), Spanish (native), Mandarin Chinese (intermediate)

Experimental techniques/assays: Flow cytometry, Confocal microscopy, Proteomics, RNA interference, Basic laboratory techniques (Cell culture, ELISA, CO-IP, RT-PCR, Western blot), Coding based data analysis and visualization


Publications

First author
  1. Puc, Irwin*; Ho, Tzu-Chuan; Chien, Yu-Wen; ; Tan, Sia-Seng; Fong, Yu-Cin; Yen, Ko-Lun; Chen, Yi-Ju; Wang, Sheng-Hsuan; Li, Yun-Hsuan; Chen, Po-Lin; Perng, Guey Chuen; Tsai, Jih-Jin. 2021. Mobilizing capacity of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells during dengue virus infection. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. DOI: 10.3390/ijms232214330
  2. Puc, Irwin*; Ho, Tzu-Chuan; Yen, Ko-Lun; Vats, Amrita; Tsai, Jih-Jin; Chen, Po-Lin; Chien, Yu-Wen; Lo, Yu-Chih; Perng, Guey Chuen. 2021. Cytokine Signature of Dengue Patients at Different Severity of the Disease. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. DOI: 10.3390/ijms22062879
  3. Puc, Irwin*; Alegria, Javier; Dion, Daniels; Guerra, Daniels; Williams, Stephan. 2017. Effects of Four Different Capping Systems in the Micropropagation of Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) Variety B79-474. International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Research. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10699.49440
Co-author
  1. Vats, Amrita; Ho, Tzu-Chuan; Puc, Irwin*; Chang, Chiung-Hsin; Perng, Guey Chuen; Chen, Po-Lin. 2023. The CD133 and CD34 cell types in human umbilical cord blood have the capacity to produce infectious dengue virus particles. Scientific Reports. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-37707-8
  2. Chen, Yi-Ju; Ho, Tsao - Yu-Cian; Ho , Tzu-Chuan, Puc, Irwin*; Chen, Chia-Chang, Perng, Guey Chuen. 2022. Antrodia cinnamomea Suppress Dengue Virus Infection through Enhancing the Secretion of Interferon-Alpha. Plants. DOI: 10.3390/plants11192631
  3. Vats, Amrita; Ho, Tzu-Chuan; Puc, Irwin*; Chen, Yi-Ju; Chang, Chiung-Hsin; Chien, Yu-Wen; Yen, Ko-Lun; Perng, Guey Chuen. 2021. Evidence that hematopoietic stem cells in human umbilical cord blood isinfectable by dengue virus: proposing a vertical transmission candidate. Heliyon. DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e06785

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