Tanner, Julian Alexander
Julian's research field is chemical biology, with a particular focus on directed nucleic acid evolution for translational biomedical application. The Tanner lab brings together interdisciplinary experimental approaches at the interface of biomedical science, chemistry and engineering to tackle major medical challenges. His highly collaborative research team is developing new technologies for biosensing, diagnostics and therapeutics in a variety of contexts, including point-of-care malaria diagnostics and continuous hormone sensing for reproductive disorders. The team is also investigating the interface of aptamers and DNA nanotechnology through design of triggers of conformational change at the nanoscale. In more basic research, his team is exploring the biological functions of the fundamental yet enigmatic long-chain inorganic polyphosphates. Julian also has experience in educational research, with particular interest in how to build the best environment for research excellence and student achievement at the nexus between research, teaching and innovation.
The team has published widely in leading journals including Nature Communications, PNAS, Angewandte Chemie, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Advanced Biosystems and Analytical Chemistry. Julian also co-authored a leading textbook of Chemical Biology published by Wiley.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2013-12-01||Best Poster Prize - Exploiting aptamer binding properties as a novel diagnostic technology for malaria: HKU 18th Research Postgraduate Symposium||Research Achievement|
|2010-05-01||Common Core Teaching Development Grant||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2011-08-01||HKU Strategic Research Theme for Development and Reproduction Best Research Output Prize 2008-2011, Third Prize||Research Achievement|
|2012-07-01||UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Award 2012, Centre for Studies in Higher Education: University of California Berkeley||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2014-05-01||Best Poster Prize - A novel aptamer-based enzymatic assay for the diagnosis of malaria: Hong Kong Inter-University Research Postgraduate Symposium||Research Achievement|
|2011-11-01||Medical Faculty Teaching Medal 2011: Faculty of Medicine HKU||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2015-02-01||Finalist for Best Free Communication: Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference||Research Achievement|
|2015-07-01||Developing scientific writing and integrating feedback for undergraduate biomedical students through mimicking the professional journal article review process. Best poster in education prize: 40th FEBS Congress 2015 “The Biochemical Basis of Life”, Berlin, Germany||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2014-12-01||Best poster presentation prize: HKU 19th Research Postgraduate Symposium, Hong Kong 2014||Research Achievement|
|2015-06-01||Best oral presentation prize: Hong Kong Inter-University Postgraduate Symposium on Life Science 2015||Research Achievement|
|2016-06-01||Best Poster Prize: Aptamer-Directed DNA Tweezers: Hong Kong Inter-University Postgraduate Symposium in Biochemical Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 2016||Research Achievement|
|2016-03-01||The University of Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Awards 2015: Outstanding Teacher Award: The University of Hong Kong||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2018-02-01||Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award 2016-2017: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2019-01-01||University’s Teaching Excellence Awards 2018 [Team Award]: The University of Hong Kong||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2017-11-01||The University of Hong Kong Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2017||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|Regular Member||Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO)|
|Regular Member||Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)|
|Regular Member||American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)|
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