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Immunity and Infection

Subject Coordinators:

Dr Gilman SIU

Dr Xiang ZOU

   

Sub-thematic areas:

Developmental immunology

Dr Helen LAW

Email: helen.law@polyu.edu.hk      

 

                                                                                             

 

Imaging technologies for identification of immune cells

Dr Jung Sun YOO

Email: jungsun.yoo@polyu.edu.hk   

 

Immune system plays a key role in major diseases including cancer, inflammation, cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Yoo's group aims to develop diagnostic imaging techniques focusing on identification of specific immune cells. Current projects include development of glioblastoma theragnosis strategy by targeting macrophage polarization and in vivo imaging of immune cell behaviors using high-resolution intravital microscope. 

 

Vaccinology and allergology

Dr Xiang ZOU

Email: xiang.y.zou@polyu.edu.hk     

   

Dr Zou Xiang’s research has focused on mast cell biology and mucosal vaccination. For mast cell research, the two functional arms of mast cell biology, i.e., their classical role in allergy and the more recently appreciated roles in regulating adaptive immunity are both addressed. For mucosal immunizaiton, the focus is on the development of new classes of mucosal adjuvants that can efficiently boost immune responses to mucosally delivered vaccine antigens. These research projects aim for making substantial contributions to our understanding of allergy, vaccination against infection and other clinically important problems.  

 

Novel molecular technologies for identifying pathogenic microorganisms

Dr Polly LEUNG

Email: polly.hm.leung@polyu.edu.hk

 

 

Dr Gilman SIU

Email: gilman.siu@polyu.edu.hk

 

 

 

Ecology of microbiome and biofilms

Dr Polly LEUNG

Email: polly.hm.leung@polyu.edu.hk

         

Relationship of biofilm microbiota and survival of Legionella pneumophila.

Interaction between Legionella pneumophila and microbiota.

 

 

Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases

Dr Gilman SIU

Email: gilman.siu@polyu.edu.hk       

         

 

 

Microbial virulence and drug resistance mechanisms

Dr Polly LEUNG

Email: polly.hm.leung@polyu.edu.hk

 

The role of horizontal gene transfer in the spread of antibiotic resistance in biofilm environment.

Dr Gilman SIU

Email: gilman.siu@polyu.edu.hk