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23 May 2013

Meet Victoria at Sandrine ETIENNE-MANNEVILLE’s lab

Victoria LAU is our first recipient of the L'Oréal Research Scholarship to start her research internship at Institut Pasteur in Paris.

She is a PhD student supervised by Professor George S. W. TSAO from the Department of Anatomy, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. Victoria is studying cancer cell biology since September 2010 and her project focuses on characterizing the role of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in infected nasopharyngeal epithelial (NPE) cells and nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC).

She has joined the Cell Polarity, Migration and Cancer Unit headed by Sandrine ETIENNE-MANEVILLE to examine how the EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) interferes with the migration and motility of NPE cells.

As a picture is worth a thousand words, you can see that Victoria has been warmly welcomed and integrated in the team and she is enjoying the French way of life with new friends at a Parisian terrace cafe.

Her colleagues Jane, Zoe and Thimothy will start their internship later in June and September.

Victoria LAU recipient of the L'Oreeal Research Scholarship with Sandrine ETIENNE-MANNEVILLE (first on the left) and her team at Institut Pasteur

Victoria LAU recipient of the L'Oreeal Research Scholarship with Sandrine ETIENNE-MANNEVILLE (first on the left) and her team at Institut Pasteur.

Victoria LAU examines how the EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) interferes with the migration and motility of NPE cells

Victoria LAU examines how the EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) interferes with the migration and motility of NPE cells.

Victoria LAU with international students from Institut Pasteur.

Victoria LAU with international students from Institut Pasteur.

20 May 2013

Inaugural Croucher Summer Course in Cancer Biology 2013 (14-18 Aug 2013)

A five-day residential summer course for postdoctoral fellows and early researchers from Hong Kong and overseas; promising postgraduate students will also be considered.
World-renowned international and local speakers will participate and engage in interactive discussions with all registrants.

Course Directors:
Professor Irene OL Ng & Professor Tak W Mak (Overseas)

Overseas Speakers:

  • Professor Alan Ashworth - Institute of Cancer Research, UK
  • Professor Stephen Baylin - Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor Lewis Cantley - Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Professor Andy Futreal - MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas, USA
  • Professor Tak W Mak - Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Center, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Lorenz Poellinger - Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, Singapore and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Professor Sven Pettersson - Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Professor Karen Vousden - Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow

Topics to Cover:

  • Cancer epigenetics
  • Cancer genetics
  • Cancer genomics
  • P53 and cancer
  • Cancer metabolism
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Microbes and cancer
  • Hypoxia and cancer

Application Deadline for Summer Course: 31 May 2013 (Fri)
For registration and further details, please visit the website at http://www.patho.hku.hk/events/croucher/crouchersc/2013/index.html
or contact the Course Secretariat Ms Selina Lam at 2255 5912 or selina@hku.hk.

Cancer Biology Summer Course 2013

07 May 2013

5th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course Highlights

During this two-week of course 21 young and talented students from 10 different countries gained knowledge about vesicular trafficking and intracellular transport with a special attention to microscopy techniques used for understanding of infection biology and host-pathogen interactions. The practical workshops organized by Jost ENNINGA, Kristine SCHAUER, Jennifer FREDLUND and Musa MHLANGA focused on use of a normalized cellular system to compare bacterial invasion of host cell by different bacteria and on super resolution imaging of bacterial infection.

On the last day, students and faculty of the 5th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course on imaging host-pathogens interactions indulge themselves with Cantonese delicacies and wines during the Awards Dinner.

Magdalena KASENDRA awarded best student of the HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course

Magdalena KASENDRA (Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Italy) best student of the 5th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course with George TSAO and Roberto BRUZZONE, Directors of the course

George and Roberto, the directors of the course with the help of Mark MARSH and Musa MHLANGA, praised the students for their work, participation and achievements andd awarded them. Fan ZHENG (University of Hong Kong, Leang Chung CHOH (University of Malaya, Malaysia),  and Jerolen NAIDOO (CSIR, South Africa) received special prizes and Magdalena KASENDRA (Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics) came first in this year course.

5th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course Awards Dinner

Fan ZHENG (University of Hong Kong, Jerolen NAIDOO (CSIR, South Africa) and Leang Chung CHOH (University of Malaya, Malaysia) best runners-up

5th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course Awards Dinner

Mark MARSH (University College London, UK) and Musa MHLANGA (CSIR, South Africa)

5th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course Awards Dinner