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November 2018

Campus Visit of the D. H. Chen Foundation

November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm HKT

Find out what happened on 20 November 2018. The D. H. Chen Foundation has been supporting an academic scholarship program dedicated to LIFS students, and they are very interested in knowing more about LIFS in this coming visit. Five guests from The D. H. Chen Foundation is going to visit HKUST Ms. Vivien Chen, Chairman of The D. H. Chen Foundation, Honorary Chairman of Nan Fung Group Mr. Vincent Cheung, Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Nan Fung…

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Live Chat on Research Master’s & PhD Studies at HKUST

November 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm HKT

Join the Live Chat on Research Master’s & PhD Studies at HKUST! The admission officers are happy to share with you more about research studies, scholarship opportunities, admission process at HKUST, as well as life in Hong Kong. Register NOW at!

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Synaptic sound encoding – from molecular physiology to functional restoration by Prof. Tobias MOSER

November 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm HKT

Prof. Tobias MOSER Institute for Auditory Neuroscience, University Medical Center Max-Planck-Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry & Experimental Medicine German Primate Center   Abstract: Sound encoding at the afferent synapses of inner hair cells (IHC) processes information at rates of hundreds per second over hours with submillisecond temporal precision. Each synapse drives a single spiral ganglion neuron to fire at high rates upon strong stimulation. Interestingly, their spontaneous and sound-evoked activity varies as the Ca2+ signaling at the presynaptic active zones within…

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PhD Thesis Defense Seminar “Roles of mTOR in regulating mammalian CNS axon regeneration” by Mr. Chao YANG

November 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm HKT
Room 5583 (Lift no. 29/30)

Mr. Chao YANG Abstract The failure of CNS axons regeneration is the major obstacle for functional recovery after traumatic injury. Although pten deletion could promote robust CNS axon regeneration through mTOR activation, however, additional pathways that likely contribute to oncogenic activity also get activated. In our studies, an alternative method which could activate mTOR but bypass the potential tumorigenesis induced by pten deletion was sufficient for axon regeneration. We found that subtypes of ipRGCs in mice maintained high mTOR levels…

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LIFS Seminar Series “Molecular regulation of adult stem cell quiescence and activation” by Prof. Tom Cheung, HKUST

November 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm HKT

Tom H. CHEUNG, PhD S H Ho Assistant Professor of Life Science Division of Life Science Abstract Adult stem cells are unique in their ability to produce differentiated daughter cells while retaining their stem cell identity by self-renewal. The quiescent state of stem cells has long been viewed as a dormant state, but our understanding of the molecular regulation and physiological significance of this state remains limited. Dysregulation of quiescence results in the depletion of the stem cell pool. Deciphering…

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December 2018

School of Science and IAS Nobel Prize Popular Science Lectures “From Understanding the Basic Principle of Immune System to Cancer Therapy – 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine” by Prof. WEN Zilong

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm HKT
IAS Lecture Theatre

by Prof. WEN Zilong, Professor of Life Science, HKUST

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LIFS4961 (capstone projects) Public Seminars by Natalie Yuet Kiu CHAN and Winne Hoi Shan WONG

December 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm HKT
Room 5504 (Lift No. 25/26)

Nanomaterials in Commercially Available Dermal Products Natalie Yuet Kiu Chan   Milestones and Stepping Stones in Taxonomy Winne Hoi Shan Wong

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LIFS Seminar Series “Systematic Analysis of Differential Transcription Factor Binding to Non-Coding Variants in the Human Genome” by Prof. Jian Yan

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm HKT

Prof. Jian Yan Department of Biomedical Sciences The City University of Hong Kong Abstract: A large number of sequence variants have been linked to complex human traits and diseases, but deciphering their biological function remains a daunting challenge especially for the non-protein-coding variants. To fill this gap, we have systematically assessed the differential binding of transcription factors (TF) to different alleles of non-coding variants in the human genome. Using an ultra-high throughput multiplex protein-DNA binding assay, we examined the binding…

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“Microglia: Close encounters of every kind” by Dr. Richard Ransohoff

December 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm HKT
Room 4582 (Lift No. 27 or 28)

Dr. Richard Ransohoff is an M.D./Ph.D. and a board-certified neurologist who now is a part of Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital enterprise located in Boston and San Francisco. (Host faculty: Prof. Karl Herrup)

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LIFS Seminar Series “Novel factors that regulate aging and immunity in C. elegans” by Dr. Seung-Jae V. Lee

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm HKT

Dr. Seung-Jae V. Lee Associate Professor Department of Life Sciences, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) Abstract: Many environmental and genetic factors that influence aging have been identified for the last two decades. My laboratory aims to elucidate molecular mechanisms by which intrinsic and extrinsic factors regulate aging and lifespan by using molecular genetics of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. In this talk, I will present our latest work on the identification of factors that regulate aging and immunity in…

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