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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. TheĀ  Chinese characters on the monument are literally “Yandang mountains”.

On July 18th and 19th of 2016, I was invited by Dr. Zi-Bing Jin to visit his research group at the Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University in Wenzhou, China again. They are doing amazing work on various aspects of ophthalmology, from human genetics, stem cells, microRNAs to zebrafish. We have been working together on the zebrafish platform for years, and it is gratifying to see Dr. Jin’s group’s development over the years. When I visited them every time, I was always impressed by how enthusiastic and hard working the Wenzhou students are. Dr. Jin’s group probably has 30 to 40 students. Most of them work at least 12 hours in the lab every day! With this dedication, no wonder many Chinese students are making a big contribution to science these days.

A few pictures of my visit:

Yuk Fai Leung gave a research talk on using zebrafish to discover new drugs for rod degeneration to the students at Wenzhou Medical University.


Dr. Zi-Bing Jin at Wenzhou Medical University shared his research vision with Yuk Fai Leung.

Yuk Fai Leung gave a workshop on “Effective Scientific Communication”. In this workshop, I shared with the enthusiastic students many writing tricks and communication skills that I learned through experience over the years. These skills are particularly suitable for those of us who speak English as a second language and want to effectively communicate our findings to the research community.