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[Dr. Li Dak-Sum Research Seminar]

Date: July 9, 2021 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Seminar Room 7, LG1/F, Laboratory Block, Faculty of Medicine Building, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong; and via ZOOM

Diverse Applications of mRNA Display: To Define Protein-protein Interactions, Drug-targets, and Antibody Repertoires


Professor Ren Sun

School of Biomedical Sciences

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

The University of Hong Kong

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

University of California Los Angeles


Professor Ren Sun graduated from Fudan University with BS in biology in 1985. From 1986 to 1997 he was trained at the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, as a graduate student, postdoctoral and research scientist. After that he joined UCLA as an assistant, associate and then full professor. In year 2018, he was honored as Distinguished Professor at UCLA. He served as Associate Dean of David Geffen School of Medicine and Associate Vice Provost of UCLA from 2009 to 2019. He was appointed as Senior Advisor to the President of The University of Hong Kong in 2019 and Professor of Biomedical Sciences, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong in July of 2020. Recently, UCLA appointed him as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Professor Ren Sun takes systems biology approaches to address critical questions in virology and cell biology. He integrates genomics, proteomics, structural biology, microfluidics, mathematical modelling, and deep learning to characterise biological process at both population and single virus and single cell levels. He has previously studied herpesvirus, influenza virus, Zika virus and human immune-deficient virus; his interest will shift to coronavirus, Epstein-Barr Virus, and hepatitis B virus. He will use systems approach to define viral host interactions, in vitro and in vivo, with quantitative measurement which will be incorporated with deep learning. Similar approaches will be developed to address fundamental questions in cell biology, including controlling of gene expression, cell cycling and differentiation. He has recently developed a method that generates a functional map of an entire viral genome at single nucleotide resolution. It lays the foundation for comprehensively defining virus-host interactions and enables rational vaccine design and drug development.


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