Led by Qin Jing, Associate Professor of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Shenzhen), Sun Yat-sen University, with Dr Ricky Leung, Lecturer of the Division of Science, Engineering and Health Studies of CPCE, serving as a co-investigator, the research project entitled “Study on the Methods for Virtual Screening of Active Molecules that Manipulate Cell Fate Based on Key Transcriptional Regulatory Networks” recently received funding of around HK$0.7 million from the General Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
This project aims to uncover the gene regulatory network mechanisms of cell fate conversion and provide a reliable computational method for screening active molecules for cell reprogramming; it will also help promote research on cell damage related diseases.
The National Natural Science Foundation of China plays an important role in fostering research related to natural science. Dr Leung felt honoured to be awarded research funding by a state-level foundation. “I am thrilled to be part of the team and get involved in regenerative medicine research. I hope this research project can ultimately alleviate patients’ suffering from chronic diseases.”