Renee Chan obtained her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Pathology, the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, in 2008, and she had her postdoctoral fellowship training at the Department of Pathology and the Centre of Influenza Research. Chan was awarded the Wong Ching Yee Medical Postgraduate Scholarship in 2007 and the Research Output Prize of the LKS Faculty of Medicine in 2008, during her Ph.D. degree study. Since she started her career in influenza virus research, she has had more than 34 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. She has been involved in the discovery of an alternative influenza receptor of avian influenza virus in the human upper respiratory tract (Nature Medicine, 2007) and she has thereby written a review article on influenza virus receptors (Trends in Microbiology, 2008). With her contribution to the better understanding of influenza virus tropism in human, Chan was awarded the Young Scientist Award 2011 by the Hong Kong Institution of Science. Her main research interest is focused on risk assessing of the emerging swine and avian influenza viruses by studying their tissue tropism and pathogenesis in human and swine respiratory organs ex vivo culture models and well-differentiated primary respiratory cell culture models. As a long-term collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Pulmonary Centre of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Chan worked as a Visiting Scientist at Professor Robert Webster’s Laboratory and at Professor Jay Mizgerd’s Laboratory in the fall of 2011, respectively. Her current research project is on the lung local immunity towards specific strains of influenza virus; the isolation of individual cellular components, including lung stem cell, from the adult human distal lung; and the pathogenesis of postinfluenza secondary bacterial infection.
Biography Updated on 24 August 2014