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Tanner, Julian Alexander

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Associate Professor

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Tanner, Julian Alexander

Title:
Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae:

Also Cited As:
Tanner, J

Short Biography:

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.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
DIRKZWAGER, RM
CHEUNG, YW
2013-12-01Best Poster Prize - Exploiting aptamer binding properties as a novel diagnostic technology for malaria: HKU 18th Research Postgraduate Symposium
Research Achievement
2010-05-01Common Core Teaching Development Grant
Teaching Accomplishment
2011-08-01HKU Strategic Research Theme for Development and Reproduction Best Research Output Prize 2008-2011, Third Prize
Research Achievement
2012-07-01UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Award 2012, Centre for Studies in Higher Education: University of California Berkeley
Teaching Accomplishment
DIRKZWAGER, RM
Cheung, YW
2014-05-01Best Poster Prize - A novel aptamer-based enzymatic assay for the diagnosis of malaria: Hong Kong Inter-University Research Postgraduate Symposium
Research Achievement
2011-11-01Medical Faculty Teaching Medal 2011: Faculty of Medicine HKU
Teaching Accomplishment
2015-02-01Finalist for Best Free Communication: Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference
Research Achievement
2015-07-01Developing 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
TANG, SLM
Godonoga, M
DIRKZWAGER, RM
KINGHORN, AB
Heddle, JG
2014-12-01Best poster presentation prize: HKU 19th Research Postgraduate Symposium, Hong Kong 2014
Research Achievement
KINGHORN, AB
2015-06-01Best oral presentation prize: Hong Kong Inter-University Postgraduate Symposium on Life Science 2015
Research Achievement
SHIU, CC
Cheung, YW
DIRKZWAGER, RM
LIANG, S
KINGHORN, AB
FRASER, LA
TANG, SLM
2016-06-01Best 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
2016-03-01The University of Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Awards 2015: Outstanding Teacher Award: The University of Hong Kong
Teaching Accomplishment
2018-02-01Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award 2016-2017: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2019-01-01University’s Teaching Excellence Awards 2018 [Team Award]: The University of Hong Kong
Teaching Accomplishment
2017-11-01The University of Hong Kong Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2017
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
Regular MemberHuman Proteome Organisation (HUPO)
Regular MemberFederation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
Regular MemberAmerican Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
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