Professor Grace Chu-Fang Lo was awarded with "2020 Meritorious Award" by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for her research in shrimp disease, especially in white spot syndrome.
Professor Chu-Fang Lo started working on shrimp disease in 1994 with the outbreak of white spot syndrome. Scientists initially thought shrimp white spot disease was caused by a baculovirus, but she determined that it was caused by a new virus. Due to this research and her previous work, the laboratory chaired by Professor Chu-Fang Lo was appointed as a reference laboratory by the World Organization for Animal Health.
Later, when new shrimp diseases emerged such as acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease with a severity comparable to that of white spot disease, her team was appointed by OIE as the only reference laboratory for acute hepatopancreatic necrosis of shrimp in the world.
She was affiliated with National Taiwan University (NTU) and moved to the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in 2013 where she worked on the breeding of specific pathogen resistant shrimp (SPR) and specific pathogen-free shrimp (SPF) and set up a shrimp breeding international R&D center to build a scientific shrimp farm.
Although Professor Chu-Fang is retired, her passion for shrimp research has not diminished. She is currently building the first standardized shrimp farming zone in Hualien that integrates smart farming facilities and she will continue to contribute to the Taiwanese shrimp industry.