Postgraduate studentships in stem cell engineering at the University of Hong Kong

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    The University of Hong Kong
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/12/2017 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    China › Hong Kong

Enhancing cellular reprogramming by directed factor evolution


My laboratory studies the sequence-function relationship of transcription factor (TF) mediated cell fate conversions to help decoding the molecular basis for genome regulation. We use structural modeling and quantitative biochemical assays to analyze the formation of TF complexes on regulatory DNA in combination with deep sequencing and bioinformatics techniques. Lesson learned from these studies allowed us to rationally engineer pluripotency and lineage reprogramming factors with enhanced and switched function. The future direction of the laboratory is to combine rational design with directed evolution in mammalian to identify artificially evolved biomolecules that more effectively direct cell fates. The vision of this program is that artificial reprogramming factor evolution presents a general paradigm that can be applied to any biomolecule-driven cell conversion system with utility in regenerative biomedicine. I seek to recruited energetic students to join my group at the University to join this endeavor.


Themes and projects in the laboratory

  1. High-throughput biochemistry and biophysics to elucidate the molecular basis for the combinatorial reprogramming factor function
  2. Developing methods for the re-engineering of endogenous reprogramming factors by the directed evolution in mammalian cells
  3. Decoding the molecular basis for the enhanced activity of artificially evolved reprogramming factors
  4. Applying directed factor evolution in direct lineage reprogramming to produce functional cells for regenerative biomedicine


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To encourage students with outstanding academic performance to join our programmes, fellowships/ scholarships are offered as follows:

-Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme#

HK$240,000 per year (For details, please visit: https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/index.html)

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Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPF)

Initial application to the Research Grants Council: September – December 1, 2017 noon

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Offer Requirements

    Biological sciences: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent
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The University of Hong Kong
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EURAXESS offer ID: 262053


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