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 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
 Biochemistry Programme (School of Life Sciences)
 
Dedicated Research Exchange and Mentorship (DREAM) Programme 2011
Subsidy
Successful applicants will be reimbursed for a maximum subsidy of HK$ 15,000 from the Biochemistry Programme for travel expenses and visa fee only. All participants will have to arrange and pay for the accommodation and other living expenses. 
Basic requirement
Year 1 and 2 Biochemistry students with good grades obtained and great interest in scientific research are encouraged to apply. Selection criteria include academic performance, previous research or exchange experience, and interview performance. 
Application procedure:
Deadline of application:  2nd Feb. 2011
Interview: Mid-Feb 2011
  • Application forms can be downloaded here.
  • Please submit the form to Miss Kiwi Lam in the General Office Of the School of Life Sciences at Rm 132, 
    Science Center North Block.

Participants' responsibilities

1. DURATION.  End of May to end of August 2011
2. SUPERVISION. A local supervisor in the Biochemistry Programme will be assigned to successful applicants who have to complete a coaching program before departing from Hong Kong.  During the program, students will learn some of the basic techniques and background information related to the project.  Students are encouraged to continue the project in the laboratory of their local supervisor.
3. REPORTS. All participants have to write a mini-review (3- 5 pages) about their research topic before going to the foreign laboratory in May and a brief report to the programme after the trip in August.  They may also write a full report for “BCHE2070 Research Internship” and take “Research Internship” as an elective course in first term of the coming academic year (11-12).
4. COURSES. The summer research project may be equivalent to the final year project of the Biochemistry Programme.  However, the participant and his/her supervisor may decide whether the results from DREAM project be used for the presentations of BCHE4300 Selected Topics in Biochemistry and BCHE4410 Supervised Research in Biochemistry.
5. VISA. Successful applicants must apply for entry VISA on their own.

Projects for DREAM 2011
 
Supervisor Topic Insitution

Prof. Thomas T Chen

(local supervisor: KM Chan)

Alteration of hormone gene expression in pituitary gland by endocrine disruptors

Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Connecticut, USA.

Prof. Michael Chan

(local supervisor: Shannon Au)

Preparation of SENP1 inhibitors as novel cancer therapeutics

Department of Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, USA.

Prof. Gourisankar Ghosh

(local supervisor: Jacky Ngo)

Investigation of the effect of SR protein kinase inhibitors on pre-mRNA splicing
*Student must be willing to handle radioactive 32P for this project*

Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego, USA.

Prof. Mingdong Huang

(local supervisor: Jacky Ngo)

Expression and purification of cancer-related proteases using Drosophila expression system

Divison of Hemostasis and Thrombosis, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, USA.

 Prof. Fernando Lecanda

(local supervisor: TF Chan)
 Transcriptome analysis of osteosarcoma and bone metastasis by next-generation sequencing

 Oncology Division, Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), University of Navarra Pio XII-55, Spain.

 Prof. X.F. Steven Zheng

(local supervisor: TF Chan)

 Genome-wide mapping of DNA-binding of the Target of Rapamycin (TOR) proteins by high-throughput ChIP-sequencing

 Department of Pharmacology, Cancer Institute of Newe Jersey, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, USA.

Prof. Jean-Marc Lancelin

(local supervisor: KB Wong)

Fragment-based screening of inhibitors Universite de Lyon, France.
     
 Project Details
Remarks:
* BCH majors are in first priority and then School of Life Sciences' Students
* Biochemistry Programme shall provide support up to 5 BCH students (HK$15,000 per students) for the DREAM program.