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In May 2017, the Leung lab visited several collaborating groups in Asia and shared with them our research vision on using zebrafish to find new drugs for retinal degeneration. In this blog post, we will share some pictures of our visit to the the Eye Hospital at Wenzhou Medical University in China. We were hosted by Dr. Zibing Jin, a very accomplished vision scientist. We visited the University campus, and the eye hospital. Logan and Fai presented their work and interacted with the local students. Fai was also invited to be the external examiner of six master students and attended their oral defence. We also visit Yandang Mountains, a famous national geological park in China.

Wenzhou Medical University has a very pretty main campus in Chashan, with nice open space for the students.

Main campus of Wenzhou Medical University in Chashan

They have a whole building of 14 floors dedicated for different aspects of eye research!

Dr. Zibing Jin explaining the research programs in the Eye Hospital at Wenzhou Medical University.

Dr. Zibing Jin’s research group is accomplishing very well in recent years. They study genetics, stem cells, and animal models including zebrafish! In 2017 spring, they published three articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the most influential journals in the world.

Dr Zibing Jin sharing his group’s research achievements to Logan and Fai

The Leung lab has been working with Dr. Jin’s group for years. During this trip, Fai outlined his research vision; whereas Logan presented his recent findings to the students.

Fai outlined his research vision to the students at Wenzhou Medical University.

Logan presented his latest findings to the students at Wenzhou Medical University.

Dr. Jin invited Fai to be an external examiner of six master students, whom had their oral defence during our visit. All these students had an extremely positive attitude and were very prolific! They all publish their work in international journals as first author, and contributed to many other lab projects as co-author.

Fai as external examiner of six master students’ oral defence at Wenzhou Medical University.

(Front row) Fai and four other external examiners. (Back row) Dr. Jin and six of his master students.

Enjoying local cuisine with colleagues.

Fai and Logan also visited Yandang Mountains, a famous national geological park in China, with several colleagues.

Logan, Fai and colleagues at Yandang mountains.

Logan and Fai at Yandang mountains. The  Chinese characters on the monument are literally “Yandang mountains”.

In May 2017, the Leung lab visited several collaborating groups in Asia and shared with them our research vision on using zebrafish to find new drugs for retinal degeneration. In this blog post, we will share some pictures of our visit to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the next paragraph. We will also share some pictures of our attendance of the International Conference of Vision & Eye Research at the end of this post.

In DOVS, Dr. Wai Kit Chu from this department and Fai organized a “CUHK Ophthalmic Research Centre Joint Symposium” and invited local experts in ophthalmology and neuroscience to share our latest research findings with each other. Fai outlined our lab’s research program on discover new drugs for retinal degeneration by zebrafish research. Logan presented a talk entitled “Visual Motor Response of a Transgenic Retinitis Pigmentosa Zebrafish Model”.

The CUHK Ophthalmic Research Centre Joint Symposium.
From left to right, 1st row: Mr Jeremiah Palmerston, Dr Wai Kit Chu, Dr Yuk Fai Leung and Mr Logan Ganzen.
From left to right, 2nd row: Dr Rosa Chan, Dr Geoffrey Lau, Dr Wenjun Xiong and Dr Amy Lo.

Fai outlined our lab’s research program on discover new drugs for retinal degeneration by zebrafish research.

Logan presented a talk entitled “Visual Motor Response of a Transgenic Retinitis Pigmentosa Zebrafish Model”.

Dr. Amy Lo from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Geoffrey Lau from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Wai Kit Chu from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Wenjun Xiong from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Rosa Chan from the Department of Electronic Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong.

Jeremiah Palmerston from Dr. Rosa Chan’s group.

Fai and Logan also attended the International Conference of Vision & Eye Research (iCOVER) when they were in Hong Kong.

Fai and Logan with Dr. Chi Wai Do from the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Dr. Amy Lo from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong during the dinner ceremony of iCOVER.

Logan and Fai with Dr. Henry Chan from the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University during the coffee break of iCOVER.

 

Logan Ganzen and Yuk Fai Leung attended the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Baltimore, MD from 2017-05-07 to 05-11. Logan presented a poster entitled “Visual Motor Response of a Transgenic Retinitis Pigmentosa Zebrafish Model”. They also attended several events to meet fellow researchers over the world. A few pictures of these events:

Dinner with zebrafish colleagues

Prof. Mark Tso from Wilmer Eye Institute sharing his life experience with his former students

Dinner with Dr. Mark Tso from the Wilmer Eye Institute.

Fai and Logan with Dr. Mark Tso from the Wilmer Eye Institute.

 

Dinner with Prof. Mark Tso and his former students.

On 2017-04-08, Prahatha Venkatraman, Logan Ganzen, and Khaled Noui-Mehidi demonstrated zebrafish research in the 2017 Purdue Spring Fest.

Prahatha Venkatraman demonstrating zebrafish research to the public.

Logan Ganzen and Khaled Noui-Mehidi demonstrating zebrafish research to the public.

On 2016-03-25, Khaled Noui-Mehidi presented his research at the 131st Annual Academy Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science. Emre Coskun attended the meeting. They were supervised by graduate student Logan Ganzen.

Khaled Noui-Mehidi presenting his research at the IAS meeting.

 

On 2016-04-16  17, Prahatha Venkatraman, Logan Ganzen, Paige Cassidy, Khaled Noui-Mehidi and Menna Hassan demonstrated zebrafish research in 2016 Purdue Spring Fest.

Purdue Spring Fest at Department of Biological Sciences.

Paige Cassidy and Logan Ganzen demonstrating zebrafish research to the public.

Logan Ganzen demonstrating how to measure zebrafish vision.

Paige Cassidy showing zebrafish embryos to the public.

Prahatha Venkatraman, Khaled Noui-Mehidi and Menna Hassan demonstrated zebrafish research to the public.

Khaled Noui-Mehidi showing zebrafish embryos to the public.

 

 

On 2016-04-12, Paige Cassidy presented her research work at the Purdue University Undergraduate Research Symposium. She was supervised by Prahatha Venkatraman, a graduate student in the laboratory and a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for Future Fellow.

Paige Cassidy and her poster.

On 2016-04-11, Sylvia Bonilla defended her thesis and graduated.

Fai introducing Sylvia.

Sylvia presenting her research work.

Celebration party.

A zebrafish cake!

One more fin clipping!

Congratulations!

 

On 2016-03-26, Menna Hassan, Patrick Tiffany, Ryan Wyer and Khaled Noui-Mehidi presented their research at the 131st Annual Academy Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science. They were supervised by graduate students Prahatha Venkatraman and Logan Ganzen.

Menna Hassan and her graduate mentor Prahatha Venkatraman.

Menna Hassan presenting her poster.

Khaled Noui-Mehidi and his graduate mentor Logan Ganzen.

Khaled Noui-Mehidi presenting his poster.

Patrick Tiffany and his poster.

 

Patrick Tiffany presenting his poster.

Ryan Wyer and his poster.

Ryan Wyer presenting his poster.

 

Menna Hassan participated in the Lafayette Regional Science & Engineering Fair and won two awards: (1) a bronze medal under the Animal Science category in the Seniors division, and (2) a blue ribbon. Congratulations! By winning the latter award, she is ranked in the top ten students of the Fair and has been invited to participate in the State Science Fair. She conducted her zebrafish research under the supervision of Prahatha Venkatraman, a graduate student in the laboratory and a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for Future Fellow.

Menna and her poster!

Menna and Prahatha