Essays in Biochemistry – Special Issue on Cancer Stem Cells

Happy to have the opportunity to co-guest edit this special issue for Essays in Biochemistry with Terence Lee. We have assembled a nice series of reviews with contributions from Dean Tang, Alan Wong, Masaru Katoh, Stephanie Xie, Junfang Ji, Youhua Tan, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Chunzhang Yang, Xin-Yuan Guan, as well as articles from Terence and my own teams. In particular, our Ph.D. student Toni contributed a review article on ‘Mechanisms of resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors in liver cancer stem cells and potential therapeutic approaches.

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A huge thank you to Sarah :)

Sarah has been with us for the past 3 years, helping us with all essential lab housekeeping, and making sure our lab runs smoothly. We are sad to see her go but sending her our very best wishes as she begins her research postgraduate studies in the School of Biological Sciences at HKU. Thank you, Sarah 🙂

Happy Farewells

Our best wishes to Carol, Yunong, and Justin!

I cannot be more proud of Carol and am thrilled to see her start her own independent lab in the School of Biomedical Sciences at CUHK this summer. Carol was my first PhD student and I have witnessed her growth and achievements, both academically and personally, over the years. I have no doubt she will continue to fly high and look forward to seeing her further accomplishments in the future.

Yunong is finishing off his MPhil study under the supervision of Carol, and will be beginning his PhD program with Carol in her new lab at CUHK.

Justin is finishing off his MBBS Enrichment Year and MRes[Med] study with us. Justin – Best of luck as you begin clinical rotations in medical school. I hope to see you continue doing research as a medical doctor in the future!

Thank you all for your contribution to the SMA lab. It has been a pleasure working with you!


InnoHK Launch Ceremony

The InnoHK Launch Ceremony was held on May 25th, 2022, marking a new milestone in the HKSAR Government’s commitment to promoting HK’s innovation and technology. Blessed to be part of this era of new research and innovation opportunities in HK through participation in Prof CM Che’s Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Prof Pentao Liu’s Centre for Translational Stem Cell Biology.

#InnoHK #Health@InnoHK #CTSCB #LSCCB

6th IASCBC 2022

Stephanie shared the team’s latest research work on the liver CSC tumor microenvironment at the recent 6th International Anatomical Sciences and Cell Biology Conference (IASCBC) held virtually from February 21 to 23, 2022. Thank you to Leilei Chen for the invitation and for chairing the session on Cancer Biology. Hope to visit Singapore in person next time!