Professor Song Chunshan, Dean of Science, kicked off the seminar by delivering the opening remarks and encouraging participants to take pleasure in the Research Day, a platform ideal for exchanging ideas from recent research advances.
It then followed by the presentations of six distinguished speakers who are with diverse expertise. Professor Wei Yingying first introduced the active research on developing statistical methods for analysing bulk genomic and single-cell genomic data and her proposal of devising statistical methods for an integrative analysis of the data, hoping to shed light on the understanding of the spatial and temporal cellular heterogeneity. Professor Jerome Hui also presented his recent research findings on jellyfish and called for joint collaboration on studying jellyfish bloom, the swarms formed by jellyfish, from an integrative approach comprising biological, environmental, statistical, and climate modelling analyses. Professor Yang Hongfeng came across examples of notable earthquakes and talked about his multidisciplinary research study on earthquakes induced by industrial activities of developing unconventional energy resources, which are a global issue urging collaboration among government, industry, and the academia. Professor Lu Xinhui also shared her recent studies on organic and perovskite solar cells and introduced the potential application of X-ray scattering techniques in a wide array of fields in material science, chemistry, biology, and condensed matter physics studies. Professor Eric Chung’s research on data driven computational techniques brought us new insights into their many applications in fields from chemical engineering, energy recovery, geophysics, to biological sciences. Lastly, Professor Ngai To shared with us a brief overview of the latest development of colloid and interface science and his research translation into ample applications in food, personal care products, and the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields.
Professor Jiang Liwen, Associate Dean (Research), thanked all speakers for their stimulating presentations and wrapped up the fruitful seminar by urging scholars to join hands in overcoming challenges in today’s fast-paced world through collaborative research and its fund applications, as the saying goes: two heads are better than one!