Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

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2023-03-10
02:00 PM

End

2023-03-10
03:00 PM

Location

BOSC 2nd Floor at Dayu Bay

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Date & Time

Time: 2:00-3:00pm (CST), March 10

Location: BOSC 2nd Floor at Dayu Bay

Zoom ID: 715 337 7467 

*Light refreshments will be provided

Speaker

Dr. Anastasia Tsigkou

Associate Professor of Biology,

Duke Kunshan University

Event intro:

We are excited to launch our first Biology Journal club at DKU to discuss cutting edge research in the areas of Synthetic Biology, Cloning, CRISPR Gene, Ethics, Immunology, covering both basic science and clinical research topics.

We launch the first theme for spring 2023 on cloning and embryonic stem cells technology and the ethics behind it.

Paper on : Third person ‘cured’ of HIV after receiving stem cell cancer treatment

A 53-year-old man in Düsseldorf, Germany, has been declared cured of HIV by doctors after a blood stem cell transplant totreat leukaemia – the third case of this kind.

Students need to download the paper from the link: 

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-023-02213-x

Let the discussion begin !

Bio

Dr. Anastasia Tsigkou, is an Associate Professor of Biology at Duke Kunshan University.  She obtained her degrees with Honours at The University of Melbourne Australia (BSc) majoring in Biochemistry and her DPhil from Oxford Brookes University UK. She also obtained a postgraduate certificate in science at Brookes University UK.  

Her research focuses in the area of reproductive biology particular the study of Inhibin (Inhibin-TGF-β family) and Progesterone receptors in uterine leiomyomas and ovarian cancers.  One of her main achievements was the development of a novel immunoassay Inhibin total (A&B) for the screening of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women. The development of the assay led to successfully licensing of the antibodies and assays with total royalty income to Oxford and Brookes University over two million GBP. She has had several research grants as Co PI including, NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) for the study of MMPs in cancer biology, regional grant from Guangdong military university in collaboration with XJTLU for the development of a novel immunoassay to Vitamin D binding proteins.

Current project involves to elucidate the uterine pathophysiological mechanisms, which influence the development of pregnancy complications. Starting from the physiology of endometrial and myometrial cells, the new concept is that uterine disorders (endometriosis, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids) may affect embryo implantation and pregnancy progress through endometrial/myometrial derangements.

Key word: Ovarian cancer, progesterone, TGF-β family, physiology of the endocrine and reproductive system, gynaecology,obstetrics, uterus