Understanding Body Defenses Against the Chemical Environment

Please register for the 2024 FASI Annual Symposium, focusing on ‘Understanding Body Defenses Against the Chemical Environment,’ scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2024. Jing-Ke Weng has been invited to discuss our research on the parallel evolution of chemical defense system expansion in plants and the enhanced ability of vertebrates to detect harmful compounds.

The FASI symposium unites hundreds of scientists and community members from various fields each year, all coming together to exchange information on their research. We believe food allergies are developed as a result of exaggerated defense responses to noxious substances that may have been inadvertently coupled with exposure of food allergens. The program will feature leaders in the field and provide an opportunity for collaboration with colleagues working on advancing the science of food allergy and beyond.

Jing-Ke Weng named Inaugural Director of the new Institute for Plant-Human Interface at Northeastern

We are excited to announce that Jing-Ke Weng has been appointed as a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the College of Science, and of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, effective July 3, 2023. Our laboratory will complete its relocation to the new EXP building on Northeastern’s Boston campus later in 2023. Meanwhile, Jing-Ke Weng will assume the role as the Inaugural Director tasked with building the brand-new Institute for Plant-Human Interface (IPHI) from the ground up. The mission of IPHI is to deepen our understanding of plant biology and the plant-human interactions that significantly influence human health and sustainability on Earth. IPHI is committed to devising sustainable strategies that benefit both plants and humans, and to fostering the development of future scientists and engineers in this critical field.