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CUHK and Southampton join hands to advance stem cell and regenerative medicine research


CUHK and the University of Southampton (Southampton) have been working closely in faculty and student exchange as well as research collaboration in various areas. The collaboration between the two universities has entered a new milestone recently with the establishment of the CUHK-Southampton Joint Laboratory for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.


The joint laboratory is established to conduct high impact research in the areas of stem cells, developmental biology and regenerative medicine. It is co-directed by Prof. Kenneth Lee, School of Biomedical Sciences, CUHK and Prof. Richard Oreffo, Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration, Southampton. The duo have been cooperating in the last three years, and have been successful in receiving grants and various awards to support their collaboration. In particular, Prof. Lee was awarded the prestigious ‘Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellowship’ by Southampton, allowing him to spend time at Southampton to further the joint work.


PhD students also benefit from this collaboration. Ms. Alia Hafiz from Southampton is the first co-supervised PhD student who undertook a research attachment at CUHK during October to November. ‘I have gained excellent experience in the field of biomaterials and stem cells 3D printing, and have also developed the research skills for my project. Prof. Lee has cultivated a stimulating, productive and friendly work atmosphere in his lab. His team is very welcoming and has provided me with great help and support during my training. I am very happy to be part of the team.’ Alia will undertake two more visits to continue her research at CUHK in the next two years.






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