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Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering
Yuen completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge and was conferred the Ph.D. degree in the year 2007. Her Ph. D. research topic was designing and developing novel bioreactors for the expansion of neural stem cells under the supervision of Professor H. A. Chase. Yuen was conferred her first degree in chemical engineering by the Queen's University of Belfast with first class honours in 2000. Prior to her Ph.D. studies, Yuen was with the Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering where she had worked in the areas of adsorption, biofiltration and fluidization.
A stem cell is defined as a cell capable of self renewal for an extended period of time when cultured in-vitro and is able to transform itself to form part of a defined tissue or other cell lineages under the influence of signalling induced by other cells, transduced by extracellular matrices and via molecules introduced extrinsically into the culture in-vitro. When expanded and bioprocessed, stem cells can be transplanted to replace cells and tissues that malfunctioned or are diseased, thus offering an invaluable resource in regenerative medicine. Yuen's research interests are in developing biodevices and bioprocessing technologies for the production of cells and tissues for clinical applications. Yuen welcomes enquiries and research collaborations in this area of stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Yuen is module convenor of the Particle Mechanics and Bioreaction Engineering modules.
A stem cell is defined as a cell capable of self renewal for an extended period of time, and is able to transform itself to form part of a defined tissue or other cell lineage under the influence of… read more
A stem cell is defined as a cell capable of self renewal for an extended period of time, and is able to transform itself to form part of a defined tissue or other cell lineage under the influence of molecules released by other cells in vivo, or molecules introduced into the culture in-vitro. Stem cells offer potential applications in therapy, replacing cells in damaged or diseased tissues, and performing functions of cells that are otherwise damaged or diseased. Yuen's research interests are to find ways to induce stem cells to proliferate in order to expand the source of cells and to differentiate and integrate them into the target tissue.
Yuen's research interests are also in the areas of bioseparation and is currently working on developing novel techniques for the in-situ separation and recovery of products from the fermentation broth.
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