Lin Guo - Hong Kong

Lin studied in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at South China University of Technology, China, and obtained her Bachelor's degree in 2014. She joined Professor Min Wang's group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in September 2014 to start her PhD in the field of biomaterials and engineering. At HKU, she has been conducting investigations into multifunctional scaffolds formed by biodegradable biomaterials for both tissue regeneration and early detection, and treatment of recurrent cancers.

She is particularly interested in developing cell-laden scaffolds incorporated with growth factors and gold nanoparticle-based theranostics for postoperative cancer patients. She has made several presentations of her research work at different international conferences.

Combatting cancers with a new superweapon

Stomach cancer causes millions of human deaths and is mostly treated by surgery. After surgery, new tissue must form at resection sites for restoring body functions. Scaffolds, biodegradable porous structures that support cell activities, are often used for regenerating body tissues. Another major issue for postoperative cancer patients is the high cancer recurrence rates. Recently, gold nanoparticle-based theranostics, which can provide highly desired diagnostics and therapeutic functions for cancer, are hotly pursued. With expertise in both tissue engineering and cancer theranostics, we have developed a new superweapon - multifunctional medical devices that integrate nanofibrous scaffolds with nano-sized theranostics for both regeneration and early detection, and effective treatment of recurrent cancer. These advanced devices, which also contain growth factors and live cells for enhancing tissue regeneration, are made using novel fabrication techniques. Therefore, no more fears, cancer patients - we are here with you to combat cancer with a new superweapon!

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