Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh joined FIU in 2012 as the founding director of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute. She currently holds the position of Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher with funding from government industry, and philanthropy. She has provided leadership for the initiation and growth of the BSI research mission. She has also established the Translational Molecular Discoveries Program, which grew out of BSI as an FIU Emerging Preeminent Program.
Tse-Dinh received her PhD in Biological Chemistry from Harvard University in 1982. She was a Principal Investigator in Central Research and Development at E. I. DuPont before she joined New York Medical College as a faculty in 1988. Her research investigates the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases as the basis of discovery for drug leads to treat cancers and infectious diseases. Professor Tse-Dinh has over one hundred papers published in peer-reviewed biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology journals. She has served continuously on numerous NIH grant review panels since 1991.