Research News

25 Oct 2016

Dr. Lee Kim Swee from the BioMed X Innovation Center: screening of regulators of myeloid cells (10 Nov. 2016, 11am)

HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and the Centre of Influenza Research of HKU will welcome Dr. Lee Kim Swee for a seminar entitled “Investigating development and function of myeloid cells using chemical and genetic screens”

Dr. Lee Kim Swee is a group leader at the recently launched BioMed X Innovation Center, Heidelberg, Germany. He obtained his PhD degree at the University of Basel, Switzerland and postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research/MIT, USA. Since March 2014, Dr. Swee is heading the Merck-sponsored research team at BioMed X that explores mechanisms operating in the immunosuppressive microenvironment of tumors.

"In the present study, we describe a system based on immortalized progenitors that allows straightforward investigation of myeloid cells. We performed a chemical phenotypic screening and identified 3-deazaneplanocin A as novel modulator of MDSC functions. Most importantly, this differentiation platform facilitates the identification of regulators of myeloid cells development and biology through genetic screenings."

Date:         Thursday, 10th November 2016
Time:         11:00 am.
Venue:       Rm 7-03, HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research
                  5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam  


25 Oct 2016

Three postdoctoral positions in mathematical/statistical modelling of infectious diseases in Paris


The Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit at Institut Pasteur Paris was created in November 2013 and is directed by Dr. Simon Cauchemez.
The research focus of the Unit is to develop state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical methods to tackle the many challenges epidemiologists and microbiologists face when analysing infectious disease data.
Primary focus is the study of infectious disease dynamics, both in long-term endemic settings and in outbreaks. The lab aims at better understanding how pathogens spread in human populations with a view to support policy making and optimize control strategies. These analyses benefit from a strong network of collaborators in the field (in particular within the large International Network of Pasteur Institutes that consist of 33 institutes spread across the world) but also of strong connections with other Centres of Excellence in mathematical modelling. The approach is therefore highly multidisciplinary, looking at infectious diseases through multiple perspectives (epidemiology, surveillance, Public Health, policy making, microbiology), multiple scales and multiple data streams.

Job description

The lab is seeking three postdocs to work in close collaboration with French agencies in charge of human (ANSP) and animal health (ANSES) with a view to strengthen the contribution of modelling in the detection, monitoring and management of epidemics in France. The selected candidates will develop innovative statistical and modelling methods to analyse French surveillance data on infectious diseases.

Interested candidates should contact Ana de Casas with a CV, statement of interest and two references (to be sent directly by referees). The deadline for applications is 7 November 2016.

More information here.