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|☑ MPhil/PhD||☑ MRes[Med]||☑ URIS|
The major focus in immunology is to decipher the heterogeneity of immune cells. The advance in single-cell transcriptomics has been rewriting our understanding of immune cell types. The next level fundamental question is whether we could predict the fate of cells given transcriptomics and morphology. Addressing this question will benefit the precise recipe to derive functional immune cells from stem cells, which is clinically demanded. Innate immune cells such as monocytes, macrophages, and neutrophils follow the dynamic change in their morphology during maturation. In collaboration with data science expertise, the candidate will i) generate a dataset of single-cell transcriptomics and imaging of innate immune cells amid differentiation from human pluripotent stem cells, ii) establishment of computational workflow to match both transcriptomics and morphology of innate immune cells. The completion of this project will train the candidate with skills in stem cell culture, differentiation into immune cells, single-cell RNA-sequencing, imaging, and computational analysis.
Dr RR Sugimura, School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr Rio Sugimura received his M.D. from Osaka University, Japan, in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Stem Cells and Regeneration from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA, in 2012. He has been trained at world-leading institutes, including Harvard Medical School and Kyoto University. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong. Dr Sugimura is a full faculty member of the Stem Cells & Regeneration Section in F1000Prime, a member of American Association of Immunologists (AAI), American Society of Hematology (ASH), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Association for Cancer Immunotherapy (CIMT), Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), International Society of Experimental Hematology (ISEH), International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), the North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO), Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), and a co-founder of the medical branch of Kagakusha-Net. Dr. Sugimura is a recipient of the ASH Scholar Award, March of Dimes, Early Career Grant from Japanese Ministry, Genius Award from Young Hematologist Meeting in Japan, Takeda Science Foundation, iPS Academia Japan Foundation, SMRF Fellowship, Kanehara Memorial Foundation, and Uehara Memorial Foundation. Dr. Sugimura mastered grantsmanship at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Scientific Writing Retreat 2019. Dr Sugimura supervised one postdoctoral fellow, one medical student, three Ph.D. students, two master students, and three undergraduate students.
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