Dr. Fu's research project will help us to better understand why VWF travels in plasma in a globular form and then stretches when needed for hemostasis. She will investigate how the electrostatic interactions and forces in various flow conditions regulate VWF conformation and its ability stop bleeding using novel fluorescence-force-sensor and charge mutants. This work will shed light on how the body responds to injury and potentially pave the way for more directed diagnosis and therapeutics. Dr. Fu obtained a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China and received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the National University of Singapore in 2007. She has been a research fellow in the lab of Dr. Timothy Springer at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard University since 2011. This award has been made possible through a generous donation from Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc.