Mei Hong, professor and the first John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University, does cutting-edge research on the development and application of solid-state NMR spectroscopy.
Solid-state NMR spectroscopy is a powerful technique to determine the high-resolution structures of membrane proteins and plant cell walls in their native environments. Hong has developed and applied a wide range of solid-state NMR methods to study many biological molecules that are important in human health and energy production.
Hong received her B.A. in 1992 from Mount Holyoke and her Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of California at Berkeley. Following a one-year stint as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she became a research professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1999, she joined the faculty at Iowa State University.
Hong has received numerous awards, among them the National Science Foundation’s POWRE award, designed to encourage women in the fields of research and education, and the NSF’s CAREER award, which recognizes young faculty who are likely to become the academic leaders of the twenty-first century. The American Chemical Society awarded Hong the Pure Chemistry Award, its highest award for young chemists. For her achievements as a young alumna, in 2004 she was awarded the Mary Lyon Award by the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association.
Hong’s articles have been published in numerous professional journals, among them Biochemistry, Nature, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Molecular Biology, and many others. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance and the Biophysical Journal.