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|☑ MPhil/PhD||☑ MRes[Med]||☑ URIS|
Targeting immune checkpoints such as PD-1, CTLA-4, and LAG-3 has advanced the outcome of cancer immunotherapy. However, the fundamental mechanisms of how these checkpoints function in human immune cells are not clear. Using an established platform of vascular immune organoids in our lab, students will study the role of immune checkpoint genes. Students will employ cutting-edge technologies such as organoid formation and CRISPR gene targeting in human pluripotent stem cells. Upon deletion of immune checkpoint genes, students will measure the inflammatory cytokines and cellular phenotypes by Bio Luminex and flow cytometry respectively. This project will contribute to the understanding of fundamental mechanisms of the role of immune checkpoints in human immune cells as well as potential application to immunotherapy.
Students will learn the following techniques.
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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