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EPSCs for Regenerative Medicine & Human Disease Study

Clinical grade human EPSC-MSCs will first undergo extensive pre-clinical evaluation for safety and efficacy for transplantation in our established clinically relevant large animal models of heart diseases.

  • Application of stem cell-derived cells for disease modeling/drug screening
  • Cell products
  • EPSCs as platform for the generation of genome-edited animals
Project Team Members

Prof. Hung Fat TSE

Programme Leader
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Prof. Pengtao Liu

Managing Director
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Prof. Stephanie MA

Principal Investigator
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Prof. William YEUNG

Principal Investigator
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Dr. Cherie LEE

Principal Investigator
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Dr. Guocheng LAN

Principal Researcher

Dr. Kwong Man NG

Scientific Officer (HKU)

Tony LI

Senior Technical Manager (HKU)
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Dr. Nicole Tianqi LI

Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Dr. Hanzhang RUAN

Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Dr. Yangyang YUAN

Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Kenso SO

Senior Technical Officer
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Jenny CHAN

MPhil Student
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Xianjie HUANG

PhD Student
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Daniel LU

Research Assistant

Kyle LEE

Research Associate
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Cheyenne MA

PhD Student
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Timothy Chun Hin WONG

Reserach Assistant
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Yuqing ZHAI

PhD Student

Shao XU

Research Assistant
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Anna Xiaoyi ZHANG

Research Assistant

Shihui ZHANG

Research Assistant
Selected Publication
  1. Yue C, Chen ACH, Tian S… Yeung WSB, Lee YL. (2020) Human embryonic stem cell–derived blastocyst-like spheroids resemble human trophectoderm during early implantation process. Fertil Steril 114(3): 653-664.
  2. Ohta R*, Sugimura R*, Niwa A, Saito MK. (2019) Hemogenic Endothelium Differentiation from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells in A Feeder- and Xeno-Free Defined Condition. (*co-first author) J Vis Exp JoVE 148.
  3. Yang J, Ryan DJ, Lan G, Zou X, Liu P. (2019) In vitro establishment of expanded-potential stem cells from mouse pre-implantation embryos or embryonic stem cells. Nature Protocols, 14: 350-378.
  4. Chan LH, Zhou L, Ng KY… Huen MS, Ma S. (2018) Protein arginine methyltransferase PRMT6 regulates RAS/RAF binding and MEK/ERK-mediated cancer stemness activities in hepatocellular carcinoma through CRAF methylation. Cell Rep 25:690-701.
  5. Segeritz CP, Rashid ST, Cardoso de Brito M… Lomas DA*, Vallier L*. (2018) hiPSC hepatocyte model demonstrates the role of unfolded protein response and inflammatory networks in α1-antitrypsin deficiency.) J Hepatol. 69(4): 851-860. (*joint authorship)
  6. Sampaziotis F, Justin AW, Tysoe OC… Saeb-Parsy K*, Vallier L*. (2017) Reconstruction of the mouse extrahepatic biliary tree using primary human extrahepatic cholangiocyte organoids. Nature Medicine 23(8): 954-963. (*joint authorship)
  7. Yang J, Wang Y, Zhou T… Esteban MA, Tse HF. (2017) Generation of Human Liver Chimeric Mice with Hepatocytes from Familial Hypercholesterolemia Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Stem Cell Reports 8:603-618.
  8. Lee YL, Fong SW, Chen AC… Yeung WS, Lee KF. (2015) Establishment of a novel human embryonic stem cell-derived trophoblastic spheroid implantation model. Hum Reprod. 30 (11):2614-26.

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