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Lilly Hall of Science; 2015 Purdue Spring Fest

Prahatha Venkatraman showing the way to measure fish vision to a future scientist.

Martian Tian explaining how to use zebrafish for eye disease research to the Lafayette community.

Prof. Motokazu Tsujikawa from the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Visual Regenerative Medicine at the Osaka University Medical School in Japan visited Leung Lab at Purdue, Indiana University School of Medicine – Lafayette, Bindley Bioscience Center and Drug Discovery Center from 10/22 – 24, 2014. He also gave a departmental seminar on  “Retinal degeneration research using zebrafish – from an ophthalmologist’s perspective” during his visit.

Prof. Motokazu Tsuijikawa interacted with Prof. Gordon Coppoc, Director of the Indiana University School of Medicine — Lafayette, the first year medical students, and pre-med students in the Leung lab. They discussed the differences in health care and medical education between US and Japan.

Prof. Motokazu Tsujikawa and students from the Leung Lab visited Bindley Bioscience Center and Drug Discovery Center.

Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

We have been hoping to set up the zebrafish electroretinography in the lab to facilitate our drug discovery program for a while. When Prof. Kwoon Wong  from the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan visited our department in early December, we seized the opportunity to learn from him and asked for his help to put the components together.

Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

Dr. Don Ready kindly let us used his fly ERG setup for our test. Dr. Wong spent an afternoon trying different parameters and finally we have obtained a very decent ERG trace.  Many more friends and colleagues contributed to this endeavour, including Dr. Woody Walls who gathered a number of components and laid down the foundation over a period of time, lab members Prahatha Venkatraman and Lue Xiang who collected ample healthy embryos for the test, and Lue Xiang as the assistant of Dr. Wong during the course of experimentation. We would like to optimize this system further and are seeking highly motivated students with physiology and/or engineering background. We are particularly interested in the talents who like electrophysiology and would like to contribute their effort to identify new drugs for patients.

Left: Dr. Wong explained various ERG concepts to the lab members. Top right: lab members shared their research with Dr. Wong over lunch. Middle right: Dr. Wong worked on the ERG setup. Bottom right: Dr. Wong and Fai learned from Dr. Ready on several critical components of the ERG setup. Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

Dr. Woody Walls instructed us on using LabChart for data collection. Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

Sylvia and Fai attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and presented their work on novel signal transduction for photoreceptor development and using traditional Chinese medicine to treat retinal degeneration. Sylvia received a National Eye Institute Travel Grant and Yeunkyung Woo Achieve Excellence Travel Award to attend the meeting. Sylvia and Fai also interacted with colleagues all over the world during different events including the SERI reception, ARVO dinner with The Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College, and ARVO CUHK-JSIEC Research Networking Evening.

Sylvia and Fai in front of Sylvia’s poster

Picture opportunity with the hosts of ARVO CUHK-JSIEC Research Networking Evening
From Left to Right: Yuk Fai Leung (Purdue), Prof. Mingzhi Zhang (Joint Shantou International Eye Center), and Prof. Calvin Pang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

We have got an opportunity to share the vision on using zebrafish for screening eye drugs in our JSIEC-Purdue Joint Laboratory with many distinguished guests from all over the world, including Dr. Mansoor Sarfarazi (U Conn), Dr. G Kumaramanickavel (Narayana Nethralaya), Dr. John Prakash (Associate Director, NEI), Dr. Martine Jager (Former ARVO president, Leiden University), Dr. Motokazu Tsujikawa (Osaka), Dr.Vincent Raymond (U Laval) , Dr. Kanxing Zhao (Zhongshan) and many more.

Fai and Sylvia with Dr. Mingzhi Zhang (JSIEC), Dr. Haoyu Chen (JSIEC), Dr. John Prakash (NEI) and Mrs. Prakash.

you may get a pleasant surprise when you come back!

A highlight of a memorable evening!

On 12th November 2012, Prof. Calvin Chi-Pui Pang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prof. Haoyu Chen from the Joint Shantou International Eye Center (JSIEC), Shantou University & the Chinese University of Hong Kong visited the Leung Lab and the research facilities at Purdue University.

Prof Pang and Chen first met with Prof. Marietta Harrison, Associate Vice-President for Research and Dr. Geanie Umberger, Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations to discuss collaborative plans between the Leung Lab, Purdue and JSIEC. Our long-term goal is to explore the opportunities in clinical eye research and drug screening  in China.

From left to right: Dr. Umberger, Prof. Harrison, Prof. Pang, Prof. Leung, and Prof. Chen.

Then, Profs. Pang and Chen visited the Bindley Bioscience Center. Dr. Tommy Sors, the Center Project Manager, showcased the Purdue’s infrastructure for preclinical investigations.

From left to right: Prof. Chen, Prof. Leung, Prof. Pang and Dr. Sors.

Finally, there was a dinner gathering with Prof. Marietta and other distinguished professors from the Department of Biological Sciences to celebrate friendship and new collaborative relationships.

Back row: Prof. Don Ready, Prof. Chen, Prof. Leung and Dr. Liyun Zhang, postdoctoral fellow in the Leung Lab.
Front row: Prof. Bill Pak, Prof. Marietta, Prof. Pang, and Prof. Richard Kuhn.


A colleague at Purdue puts it in perspective in a Bloomberg News article:  College Costs Rise With $250,000-a-Year Bureaucrats

“Why is it that we can’t find any money for more faculty, but there seems to be an almost unlimited budget for administrators?” asks J. Paul Robinson, a Purdue University professor of biomedical engineering and chairman of the school’s faculty senate. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg