HKUMed 27th RPS

The annual HKU Faculty of Medicine Research Postgraduate Symposium (RPS) was held on 30 Nov to 1 Dec this year. Our final year Ph.D. students Jia Jian and Toni presented their research projects at the Oral Presentation Session and performed remarkably. Stephanie also shared the stage with Prof. Anderson Shum and participated in the Career Talk Session.

Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student 2020/21

Congrats to Jane on being awarded the HKU Foundation Award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Students 2020/21! We are very happy for you!

The award was established by HKU Graduate School to recognize research postgraduate students who have submitted a thesis of exceptional quality and demonstrated outstanding performance in other academic aspects. Only 10 students selected across various disciplines will receive the award each year.

Our new paper in CMGH

Very happy to see our work on PTK7 as a novel molecular driver in metastatic HCC finally published in Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Congrats to Matthew! Read the article here.

Findings from this study demonstrated PTK7 as a novel regulator of HCC metastasis. Specifically, we found PTK7 to be critical in driving TGF-β signaling activation, induction of metastatic phenotypes, and guiding of specific epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) status.

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!