Dr. YUEN, Karen Wing Yee
Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU
BSc (Hons) (Simon Fraser University); PhD (University of British Columbia); Post-doctoral training (University of California, San Diego / Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research)
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- KBSB 4S15
- BIOL1110 From Molecules to Cells
- BIOL 3401 Molecular Biology (Course Coordinator)
- BIOL 4415 Healthcare Biotechnology
- BIOL 4416 Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology (Course Coordinator)
- BIOL3409 Business Aspects of Biotechnology
Every cell must replicate and segregate their genome faithfully during each cell cycle. Errors in chromosome segregation during mitosis or meiosis can result in chromosome gain or loss (aneuploidy) and chromosome instability (CIN), which may lead to cancer progression, spontaneous abortion or birth defects, such as Down syndrome. Understanding the cellular mechanisms that ensure accurate chromosome segregation is fundamentally important and medically relevant. The underlying mechanism can also be applied to the development of artificial chromosome technology for gene therapy purpose and biotechnology applications.
Currently, we are using Caenorhabditis elegans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae as model organisms to understand these fundamental processes in the cell cycle. We utilize cell biology, imaging, transgenics, genome editing, genomics, proteomics, biochemical, and single-cell approaches to address these questions.
- Aneuploidy and Chromosome Instability (CIN)
- Cell Division and Chromosome Segregation
- Cell Cycle
- Centromere Establishment and Propagation (e.g. Histone chaperone functions in centromeric nucleosome)
- Epigenetic regulation on Centromere (e.g. histone modifications, non-coding RNA and transcription)
- Artificial Chromosomes
- Sister Chromatin Cohesion
- Anoxia-induced Suspended Animation and Recovery
Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. LING Ying Hin
Ph.D. candidate, WANG Yue Eric
Ph.D. candidate, ZHU Jing Phyllis
Ph.D. candidate, ZHU Zhenni Jenny
M. Phil candidate, MAK Ka Ho Jason
Research Assistant, Dr. WONG Yan Yu Charmaine
Research Assistant, Dr. LIN Zhongyang William
Technician: MAK, Abby
- Hong Kong Croucher Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship (tenured at Dr. Arshad Desai Lab, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research / Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, USA)
- National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarships A & B (tenured at Dr. Phil Hieter Lab, Department of Medical Genetics / Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia, Canada)
- University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship
Publications and News
- Zhu J*, Cheng K* and Yuen KWY^. Histone H3K9 and H4 Acetylations and Transcription Facilitate the Initial CENP-AHCP−3 Deposition and De Novo Centromere Establishment in Caenorhabditis elegansArtificial Chromosomes. Epigenetics and Chromatin. 2018. 16:11. doi: 10.1186/s13072-018-0185-1. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
- Zhang W, Yeung CHL, Wu L and Yuen KWY^. Bre1 is Required for Sister Chromatid Cohesion Establishment in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. eLife. 2017. 6. pii: e28231. doi: 10.7554/eLife.28231.Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
- Fung RSK, Jin B, He M, Yuen KWY and Wong AOL^. Grass Carp Follisatin: Molecular cloning, Functional characterization, Dopamine D1 regulation at Pituitary level, and implication in growth hormone regulation. Frontiers in Endocrinology. 2017. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2017.00211. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
- Fung RSK, Bai J, Yuen KWY, Wong AOL^. Activin/follistatin system in grass carp pituitary cells: - Regulation by local release of growth hormone and luteinizing hormone and its functional role in growth hormone synthesis and secretion. PLoS One. 2017. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179789. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
- Lai K, Li J, Chan C, Chan T, Yuen K, Chiu J. Transcriptiomic alterations in Daphnia magna embryos from mothers exposed to hypoxia. Aquatic Toxicology. 177:454-463. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
- Lee B.C.H., Lin Z and Yuen K.W.Y.^. RbAp46/48LIN-53 is Required for Holocentromere Assembly in Caenorhabditis elegans. Cell Reports. 2016. 14:1819-1828. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.01.065. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text. PDF.
Gassmann R*, Rechtsteiner A*, Yuen K*, Muroyama A, Monen J, Barron F, Maddox P, Monen J, Egelhofer T, Ercan S, Oegema K, Lieb J, Strome S, and Desai A. An Inverse Relationship to Germline Transcription Defines the C. elegans Holocentromere in Progeny. Nature. 2012. 484(7395):534-7. doi:10.1038/nature10973. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
Yuen K, Nabesima K, Oegema K, and Desai A. Rapid De Novo Centromere Formation Occurs Independently of Heterochromatin Protein 1 in C. elegans Embryos. Current Biology. 2011. 21(21):1800-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.09.016. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
Ben-Aryoa S, Agmon N, Yuen K, Kwok T, McManus K, Kupiec M, and Hieter P. Proteasome Nuclear Activity Affects Chromosome Stability by Controlling the Turnover of DNA Repair Proteins. PLoS Genetics. 2010. 6(2):e1000852. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000852. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text. PDF.
Barber T*, McManus K*, Yuen K*, Reis M, Parmigiani G, Shen D, Barrett I, Nouhi Y, Spencer F, Markowitz S, Velculescu V, Kinzler K, Vogelstein B, Lengauer C, and Hieter P. Chromatid Cohesion Defects may Underlie Chromosome Instability in Human Colorectal Cancers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008. 105(9):3443-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0712384105. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
Yuen K*, Warren C*, Chen O, Kwok T, Hieter P, and Spencer F. Systematic Genome Instability Screens in Yeast and their Potential Relevance to Cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007. 104(10):3925-3930. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0610642104. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
Measday V*, Baetz K*, Guzzo J, Yuen K, Kwok T, Sheikh B, Ding H, Ueta R, Hoac T, Cheng B, Pot I, Tong A, Yamaguchi-Iwai Y, Boone C, Hieter P, and Andrews B. Systematic Yeast Synthetic Lethal and Synthetic Dosage Lethal Screens Identify Genes Required for Chromosome Segregation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005. 102(39):13956-61. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0503504102. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
Yuen K. Chromosome Instability (CIN), Aneuploidy and Cancer. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. 2010. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0022413. Abstract.
Yuen K*, Montpetit B*, and Hieter P. The kinetochore and cancer: what's the connection? Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 2005. 17(6):576-82. doi:10.1016/j.ceb.2005.09.012. Pubmed Abstract. Full Text.
- Congratulations to Miss Zhu Jing for receiving GRC Carl Storm International Diversity Award, to Gordon Research Conference on Centromere Biology, West Dover, USA (2018)
- Congratulations to Miss Wong Yan Yu for receiving The 8th Asia Pacific C. elegans Meeting Travel Grant Award, Seoul, South Korea (2018)
- Congratulations to Miss Wong Yan Yu for receiving EMBO Travel Bursary, to EMBO Dynamic Kinetochore Workshop, Edinburgh, UK (2017)
- Congratulations to Miss Wong Yan Yu for receiving the Graduate Student Travel Scholarship supported by Tigris Educational Fund for Gordon conference on Centromere Biology, West Dover, VT, USA (2016)
- Congratulations to Miss Anjana Kulasekara for awarding Excellence in Summer Research Fellowship Poster Presentation in the Faculty of Science, HKU (2012)
Awards and Honours
- 2016 Second Prize for the Best Research Output, Strategic Research Theme – Development and Reproduction, HKU (for Cell Reports. 2016. 14:1819-1828)
- 2012 Early Career Award, Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong
- Simon Fraser University Chemistry / Biochemistry Award
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