Dr. Hou holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where she conducted research under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Owen and Associate Professor Robert Keyzers. Her doctoral work focused on systematically exploring the antibiotic biosynthetic potential and chemical diversity of actinobacteria isolated from New Zealand lichen samples using genome mining and heterologous expression approaches. After completing her Ph.D. in 2022, Dr. Hou joined Dr. Helen Woolner's lab as a research assistant, where she studied the genetic and chemical properties of New Zealand marine fungi. 

Following her doctoral studies, she relocated to the United States to undertake postdoctoral training in Dr. Heidi Kong's lab at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

Research Statement

In Dr. Heidi Kong’s lab at NIAMS, Dr. Hou utilizes metagenomics approaches to investigate the skin microbiome in both patients with inborn errors of immunity and healthy volunteers. Her research aims to characterize the skin-microbiome composition and understand the interactions between microbe-host immunity.

Scientific Publications

A Genomic Survey of the Natural Product Biosynthetic Potential of Actinomycetes Isolated from New Zealand Lichens.

Hou P, Nowak VV, Taylor CJ, Calcott MJ, Knight A, Owen JG
2023 Apr 27;
doi: 10.1128/msystems.01030-22
PMID: 36749048

Stictamycin, an Aromatic Polyketide Antibiotic Isolated from a New Zealand Lichen-Sourced Streptomyces Species.

Hou P, Woolner VH, Bracegirdle J, Hunt P, Keyzers RA, Owen JG
J Nat Prod.
2023 Mar 24;
doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.2c00801
PMID: 36795480


Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Ph.D., Biotechnology (2022)

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