Joseph D. Ng, Ph.D.

Professor, Biological Sciences


301 Sparkman Drive
Shelby Center
Room 369J
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Joseph (Joe) Ng received his doctorate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside and did his postdoctoral work studying macromolecular crystal growth and X-ray crystallography at The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France.  Dr. Ng’s research combines the techniques of molecular biology, protein chemistry and X-ray crystallography to decipher the three-dimensional structure of proteins associated with essential biological functions and genomics.  Most recently, his laboratory has been studying the gene products and their functions associated with inflammation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and SARS-CoV-2 identification.  Dr. Ng is also a co-founder and President of iXpressGenes Inc at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.   He has been instrumental in advancing the Biotechnology community in Huntsville AL in his involvement and collaboration with the UAH business school, private companies and government laboratories.

Curriculum Vitae

Published Work

Laboratory of Joe Ng


  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside, 1992
  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985


  • Structural Biology and Genomics
  • Macromolecular Crystallization and Crystallography
  • Protein Engineering

Recent Publications

  • González-Ramírez, L.A., Moreno A., Ng, J.D. and García-Ruiz, J.M. (2022). Investigations on the Role of Iron (III) and Silica-Iron (III) for DNA Protection Against Highly Intense UV Radiation: Tracking the Connection of Prebiotic Chemistry to Biology. Astrobiology. In press. (Ahead of print access:

  • Petroff, A., Weir, R.L, Yates, C.R., Ng, J.D. and Baudry, J. (2021). Sequential Dynamics of Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase-1(SCD1)/Ligand Binding and Unbinding Mechanism: A Computational Study. Biomolecules 11:1435

  • Other Publications

Affiliate Faculty

Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology

Dr. Gregory Barsh

Research Faculty

Dr. Josh Clevenger

Research Faculty

Dr. Nick Cochran

HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology

Dr. Sara Cooper

Research Faculty

Dr. Gregory Cooper

Research Faculty

Dr. Jane Grimwood

Research Faculty

Dr. Jian Han

Research Faculty

Dr. Alex Harkess

Research Faculty

Dr. Neil Edward Lamb

Research Faculty

Dr. Elaine Lyon

Research Faculty

Dr. John Mayo

Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans

Dr. Richard Myers

Research Faculty

Dr. Le Su

Junior Fellow HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology

Dr. Kankshita Swaminathan

Research Faculty