Associate Professor College of Science
Dr. Deng earned her B. S. from Shandong University in 1996 and received her Ph.D. from Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in 2002. From 2003 to 2008, She did her postdoctoral research in Dr. Cathy L. Jackson lab (NICHD) and Dr. Caroline Philpott Lab (NIDDK) at NIH, where she worked in the field of membrane trafficking and cargo sorting. She then worked in Prof. Randy YC Poon lab at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a research associate during 2009-2011, and in Prof. Gang Xu lab in The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, Dr. Yi Deng was appointed an Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Southern University of Science and Technology in 2012.
Extracellular Matrix (ECM) is a significant part of cellular microenvironment. My lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate cell-ECM interactions, and thus cell adhesion, spreading and migration. We combine cell biology (e.g. Time-lapse live cell imaging and fluorescence-based technologies) and biochemical approaches to investigate cell adhesion, spreading and migration at different spatial scales. We believe that mechanistic understanding of how cell adhesion, spreading and migration are regulated is significant for identifying novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of human diseases such as cancer and fibrotic diseases.
Prof. Yi Deng is currently the principle lecturer of the course of Molecular Biology (BIO320), Cell Biology (BIO206), Advanced Cell Biology (BIO323) and Introduction to Life Sciences (BIO102B)for undergraduate students. She is also engaged in the teaching of Frontier in Life Science (BIO308) for undergraduate students.
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Welcome to the Department of Biology! Since its establishment in 2012, the Department of Biology has attracted internationally renowned professors to join as leaders and dozens of young scientists to start their independent academic career here pursuit of excellence in research and teaching. The research interests of our faculty members include diverse topics such as systems biology, plant biology, neurobiology, structural biology and molecular cell biology. The primary goals of our faculty are to address the most significant fundamental biological questions and to develop new strategies to treat various complex diseases. Such efforts will benefit from the shared inter-disciplinary collaborative spirit deeply rooted in the minds of all the faculty members working in different departments at SUSTech.
Mentoring the next generation biologists with the highest standards is another primary task of the Department of Biology. Our professors choose internationally acclaimed textbooks to teach core courses biological sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Undergraduates are encouraged to join the laboratory early to get firsthand working experience in basic and/or applied biological research, which helps them to consolidate the mastering of basic techniques, to broaden their knowledge horizons and to acquire the capabilities of problem identifying, hypothesis formulating and problem solving.
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