Smart Diagnosis
By Prof. I-Ming HSING (Moderator)
Head/Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

By Prof. Terence WONG
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

By Prof. Jiguang WANG
Assistant Professor, Division of Life Science, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

By Prof. Fei SUN
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

Date: 24 Oct 2018
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: HKUST Business School Central
15/F, Hong Kong Club Building,
3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Enquires: Ms Queenie Chu
2358 8365 / sfl@ust.hk


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Fast and Accurate Diagnosis using Novel Photo-Acoustic Imaging

by Prof. Terence WONG

The use of microtools to perform keyhole diagnosis and surgery is already commonplace, but they still have limitations; in breast conserving surgery, for example, no existing microtool can analyze an entire lumpectomy specimen with high accuracy, causing over 20% of patients undergo second surgeries to achieve clear margins. Prof Wong will introduce a photo-acoustic imaging device developed by his team that promises to address this clinical need, decreasing healthcare costs, reducing the risk of complications and providing a better understanding of disease induced structural changes.

 

The application of data science technology to precision cancer medicine

by Prof. Jiguang WANG

Recent advances in data science, sequencing and imaging are bringing breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis and treatment, complementing the traditional process of examining cells under a microscope, which often fails to accurately predict the patient’s prognosis or guide an optimal treatment. Using the example of a brain tumor, Prof Wang will explain the latest developments in precision cancer medicine, which include modelling the evolution of tumors by tracing their genomes over time and tailing treatment according to the personalized genomic change.

 

Creating New Materials for Biomedical Applications using Synthetic Biology

by Prof. Fei SUN

In the development of ‘smart’ materials that have adjustable properties to suit different functions, one of the latest focus areas is hydrogels – protein-based soft matter used for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and stem cell therapy.  Currently, hydrogels cannot fully mimic the complex biological environment needed for cell growth and development; however, Prof Sun will introduce a new smart hydrogel that resembles human tissues in composition and can deliver live cells into the body, potentially minimizing allergic reactions and body rejection. 

 

Speaker Profile
Prof. I-Ming HSING (Moderator)
Head/Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

Prof. I-Ming Hsing joined HKUST since late Oct. 1997 and is currently the Head and Professor of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his BSc from Chemical Engineering at National Taiwan University in 1990 and earned his MSCEP and Ph.D. in 1994 and 1997 respectively from Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prof Hsing’s research interests lie in the interface of molecular biology, reaction engineering, micro/nanofabrication and electrochemistry. Prof. Hsing is an Associate Editor of Electroanalysis and serves in the editorial board of several international journals. He is also a member of Physical Sciences Panel at the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong SAR Government.
Prof. Terence WONG
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Prof Wong’s research interests include photo-acoustic devices for high-speed tissue analysis, three-dimensional organ imaging and ultra-fast microscopy. His latest research in this field has received media coverage worldwide. His previous research in optofluidic imaging technology was also widely covered by local media and scientific magazines. He is an author or co-author of over 30 publications and conference papers, and has one patent pending. Prof Wong received his B.Eng. and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Hong Kong and subsequently studied his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, and Medical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
Prof. Jiguang WANG
Assistant Professor, Division of Life Science, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Prof Jiguang Wang joined HKUST in 2016, having previously spent five years as a Research Scientist at Columbia University, where he focused on studying cancer genomics and developed a computational method for tracing the evolution of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In 2015, he was named as an Irving Institute Precision Medicine Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has substantial contribution to the discovery of METex14 (accepted by Cell) and LTBP4 mutations (published by Nature Genetics) in brain tumors, and the elucidation of xTSS-RNA (published by Nature) and Exotome (published by Cell).
Prof. Fei SUN
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

Before joining HKUST in 2014, Prof Fei Sun worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry at the University of Chicago in 2012 and a B.Sc. degree at Peking University in 2007. His work has been recognized with several awards, including the Chicago Biomedical Consortium Scholar Award and The Everett E. Gilbert Memorial Prize in Organic Chemistry.
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