Joint Universities Summer Teaching Laboratory (JUSTL)

Forward 21 May 2020

When I was invited to write this article about the Joint Universities Summer Teaching Laboratory (JUSTL), I was assigned to produce an article that celebrated the programme’s achievements from the point of view of everybody involved, including the Director, Co-Directors, mentors and especially the participants.I interviewed the JUSTL Director, Prof Andrew L. Miller (Division of Life Science, HK...

JUSTL participant: Dr Karen Wing Man Lee 21 May 2020

Dr Karen Wing Man Lee obtained her MPhil and PhD in the laboratory of Prof Andrew L. Miller (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) where she studied the role of Ca2+ signaling during fertilization and the early cleavage stage in zebrafish embryos. In 2004, she was awarded a Croucher Foundation Fellowship to work in the laboratory of Dr Marc Moreau (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulou...

JUSTL participant: Dr Maggie Wai Ming Li 21 May 2020

Dr Maggie Wai Ming Li is a Research Associate in Prof Chow Lee’s laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. She obtained her PhD in 2002 in the laboratory of Dr Marcel Bally at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, where she conducted research on th...

JUSTL participant: Dr Penny Pui Ying Lam 21 May 2020

Dr Penny Pui Ying Lam is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Randall Peterson in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah. She graduated with an MPhil from the Department of Biology, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2007 where she studied the role of calcium signalling in early kidney development using zebrafish embryos as a ...

Acknowledgements 21 May 2020

There were many people both in Hong Kong and the US, who worked very hard to make the JUSTL programme a success and so it is important to acknowledge their help and support here.In Hong Kong, the JUSTL programme would not have happened at all without the vision of JUSTL programme Director, Professor Andrew L. Miller (Division of Life Science, HKUST). He ran all aspects of the JUSTL programme, t...

JUSTL participant: Dr Ian Wing Yin Mo 21 May 2020

Dr Ian Wing Yin Mo recently took up the position of Lecturer in the School of Science & Technology at The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK). Dr Mo obtained his PhD in 2014 from the Department of Biology at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) working in the laboratory of Prof Ming-hung Wong where he investigated the use of municipal food waste as fish feed....

JUSTL participant: Dr Jason Wing-yiu Kan 21 May 2020

Dr Jason Kan is a Pharmacokinetics Specialist in the Clinical Trials Centre at the University of Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD in 2015 from the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the laboratory of Professor Larry Ming-cheung Chow....

JUSTL participant: Dr Raymond Yip 21 May 2020

Dr Raymond Yip is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in a laboratory jointly headed by Prof Geoff Lindeman and Prof Jane Visvader at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. He obtained his PhD in 2016 in Prof Kathryn S.E. Cheah’s laboratory in the School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, where he was involved in identifying and characterisi...

JUSTL participant: Dr Nan Xiao 21 May 2020

Dr Nan Tori Xiao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific (San Francisco, US)....

JUSTL participant: Dr Raymond Kwan Keung Leung 21 May 2020

Dr Raymond Kwan Keung Leung has just started his Senior Residency training in Psychiatry in Tai Po Hospital. He obtained his PhD degree in 2010 from the Department of Physiology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Prof Po Sing Leung, where he investigated the effect of hyperglycemia on the expression of the angiotensin II type 1 receptor and on the secretion of insul...

Remarks from the JUSTL Co-Directors 21 May 2020

I asked the JUSTL Co-Directors, Professor Robert Baker (Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, New York University Medical School, New York, USA), and Professor Karen Crawford (Professor of Biology, St Mary’s College of Maryland) to describe their role in organising the programme in the US, and interacting with the Hong Kong students.Professor Robert Baker Professor Rob...

JUSTL participant: Dr Jeffrey Jenkin Kelu 21 May 2020

Dr Jeffrey J. Kelu is a Research Associate in the laboratory of Professor Simon Hughes in the Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London (London, UK). He obtained his MPhil and subsequently his PhD from the Division of Life Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, under the supervision of Professor Andrew L. Miller. Dr Kelu’s PhD project involved ...

JUSTL participant: Dr Ling Ming Tsang 21 May 2020

Dr Ling Ming Tsang is an Assistant Professor in the Simon FS Li Marine Science Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He graduated with a PhD in 2010 from the laboratory of Prof Ka Hou Chu at The Chinese University of Hong Kong where he studied the evolution and phylogeny of various crustaceans such as crabs, hermit crabs and shrimps. After his PhD, Dr...

JUSTL participant: Dr Jacque Pak Kan Ip 21 May 2020

Dr Jacque Pak Kan Ip is currently a Research Scientist in the laboratory of Professor Mriganka Sur at the Institute for Learning and Memory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; MA, USA). However, he will take up the post of Assistant Professor and set up his own laboratory in the School of Biomedical Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in early 2020....

JUSTL participant: Dr Jack Wai Ho Tang 21 May 2020

Dr Jack Wai Ho Tang is a Principal Investigator in the Institute of Paediatrics at the Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, Guangzhou Medical University (Guangzhou, China). He graduated with a PhD from the laboratory of Prof Stephen SM Chung in the Department of Physiology at the University of Hong Kong, where he studied diabetic complications of cardiovascular disease, especially how...

The Woods Hole Scientific Community 21 May 2020

The small village of Woods Hole, located on the south-eastern tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA, is a world renowned centre for basic biological and biomedical research as well as marine and environmental research....

The JUSTL Programme in Numbers 21 May 2020

Between 2007 and 2015, a total of 49 Hong Kong graduate (MPhil and PhD) students and Post-Doctoral researchers or junior faculty participated in the JUSTL programme. The following three pie graphs show the distribution of male versus female attendees as well as the stage of career and the Universities where they were studying (or employed) at when they participated in the JUSTL programme. The...

JUSTL participant: Mr Ho Chi Leung 21 May 2020

Mr Ho Chi Leung is a Technical Officer in the Faculty Core Facility in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong. He obtained his MPhil from the Division of Life Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, under the supervision of Prof Andrew L. Miller....

JUSTL participant: Dr Kitman Tsang 21 May 2020

Dr Kitman Tsang is a Staff Scientist in Dr Beth Kozel’s laboratory at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, USA. She was awarded her PhD (Biochemistry) as part of a Graduate-partnership programme (GPP) between The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the NIH....

JUSTL participant: Dr Summer Min Shen 21 May 2020

Dr Summer Min Shen obtained her PhD in Environmental Science from City University of Hong Kong in 2011. After finishing her PhD studies, she moved to Shanghai where she became a Lead Toxicologist with The Dow Chemical Company....