Public Lecture | The round worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism to study human neurodegenerative diseases



The Institute of Science and Environment of USJ will hold an online public lecture titled “TThe round worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism to study human neurodegenerative diseases” on the 29th April 2021.

About the Talk

Caenorhabditis elegans is a ~1 mm roundworm found in decomposing organic materi- als in nature. Its adoption as a model organism in the modern research laboratory has led to fundamental discoveries in biological processes important to all metazoan species including development, control of transcription, and aging. The seminar will present basic aspects of C. elegans biology as well as introduce laboratory techniques to study human diseases. The construction of transgenic animal models for investi- gating human neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases will be highlighted. The seminar’s main goal will be to illuminate the use of model systems in basic as well as applied laboratory research.

About the Speaker

Garry Wong is currently a professor in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Macau and an associate editor of Frontiers in Toxicogenomics and Frontiers in Predictive Toxicology. He obtained a BS degree from the University of California, Davis in Environmental Toxicology and his MS and PhD degrees in Toxicology from North Carolina State University. He has been awarded the Academy of Finland Visit- ing Researcher Award, Academy of Finland Junior Researcher Award Fellowship and Academy of Finland Senior Researcher Award Fellowship. His research interests focus on the fundamental biochemical and genetic mechanisms by which neurons undergo degenerative processes during Parkinson’s disease, aging, and environ- mental stress based on Caenorhabditis elegans. Prof. Wong has published >100 origi- nal articles with more than 5000 citations and currently serves as the Coordinator of General Education in Science and Technology at the University of Macau.


Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Speakers Hall, Nape 1 Campus, University of Saint Joseph.

Online Access:

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93027583398?pwd=TXR3QkU4dlBWellhMy9EbzRPQ25FZz09
Meeting ID: 930 2758 3398
Passcode: 393984

Organised by: Institute of Science and Environment
Moderated by: Dr. Deepa Alex Mora

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