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Dr Cheung, Wai Ting Lydia 張慧婷

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Assistant Professor

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Dr Cheung, Wai Ting Lydia 張慧婷

Title:
Assistant Professor

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Also Cited As:
Cheung LW
Cheung LWT

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
The University of Hong Kong, Hong KongPhD
The University of Hong Kong, Hong KongBSc
Biography

Dr. Cheung received her BSc and PhD at The University of Hong Kong. She obtained further training in cancer genomics research as a post-doctoral fellow in the MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, US) and was then promoted to instructor in the same Institute.

She is presently an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine. The major focus of her research is functional characterization of genomics abnormalities in cancers, with a goal of ultimately devising the optimal therapeutic strategies for cancer patients. Dr. Cheung has published in Cancer Cell, Cancer Discovery, Nature Communications, Genome ResearcheLife, Cancer Research and Onocgene. She is the first to comprehensively characterize PI3K pathway aberrations in endometrial cancer. The findings were published in high impact journal Cancer Discovery and the paper is one of the most cited articles of the journal. Her other paper in Cancer Cell demonstrates that mutations in cancer patients can be neomorphs (gain of novel function) that activate unexpected pathways and are functionally distinct from the wild-type gene. This revolutionizes the concepts underlying personalized cancer therapy where the impact of each specific mutation in a cancer gene has to be considered rather than the cancer gene alone. The laboratory has recently revealed that different PI3K isoforms induce distinct signaling and functional consequences. Dr. Cheung has also received multiple grants and awards in Hong Kong and US. 

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
LI, X
Mak, CY
Zhou, Y
Sharma, R
Wong, ESY
2020-09-01Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award: HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Research Achievement
2016-09-01Travel award, U21 Workshop for Early Career Researchers: Universitas 21 (U21) and HKU
Research Achievement
2017-12-012017 USCACA & AFCR Scholar Awards: US Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (USCACA) Asian Fund for Cancer Research Limited (AFCR)
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
12/2016 to presentMemberShenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation (SIRI)
07/2016 to presentMemberHong Kong Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Reproduction
01/2011 to presentActive MemberAmerican Association for Cancer Research
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