Student in focus
I am an international exchange PhD student from Shanghai Jiaotong University China, currently working in the Department of Pathology and Bosch Institute, under the supervision of Professor Des R. Richardson. My research focuses on the function and mechanisms of the iron-regulated metastasis suppressor NDRG1 in tumor progression and metastasis.
As we all know, cancer remains a formidable health burden throughout the world. However, the results of current treatments are not very satisfactory, especially for late-stage patients. Our study has showed that the iron-regulated metastasis suppressor NDRG1 inhibits the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) that plays a key role in metastasis, as well as the TGF-beta and Wnt/beta-catenin pathways. Elucidating the molecular mechanisms that underlie the anti-metastatic effects of NDRG1 may lead to the development of new therapies to inhibit cancer metastasis.
I have always been interested in medicine and fascinated by the body and how it works. Our medical research about cancers will definitely help people to fight against the disease. I strongly believe that we would conquer all cancers someday!
In my spare time, I love swimming, listening to classical music, surfing on the Internet and doing outdoor activities with friends. It’s great to enjoy the beautiful sunshine in Sydney.
My topic of interest lies in neuroprotection in age-related degenerative diseases affecting the central nervous system (CNS). Currently, there is no viable and safe treatment for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. We are currently trialling two neuroprotectants- dietary saffron and photobiomodulation (near-infra red light) to tackle the core of the degenerative process in these diseases which is understood to be blood capillary breakdown and oxidative stress. Early studies in mouse models show promising results.
While helping out in aged care homes I realised how fortunate I was. That is when I then decided that I wanted to make a difference in the field of gerontology. I believe I can use my passion in medical research where it really matters the most.
I love the outdoors and sports. So when I am not in the lab, I would be most probably bushwalking and camping or having fun at the football fields. Sydney has the perfect blend of everything.