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  Defective Branched chain amino acid (BCAA) metabolism links adipose tissue dysfunction and type 2 diabetes

   Health Technology and Informatics

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  Dr Kenneth, King Yip Cheng  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Branched chain amino acids (BCAA; including leucine, isoleucine and valine) are essential amino acid that are metabolized in adipose tissues. Multiple human and animal studies proved that elevated level of BCAA contributes to the type 2 diabetes in obesity. The elevation of BCAA is correlated with adipose tissue dysfunction but the underlying mechanism remain elusive. In this project, we will dissect the cause of defective BCAA metabolism in obese adipose tissue, and determine whether restoration of BCAA metabolism in adipose tissue is able to alleviate type 2 diabetes. My research team/PolyU is equipped the metabolomics and proteomics platforms, cell culture facilities, genetic animals modified animal models for the investigations. A student with previous experience in metabolic research and/or animal study is an advantage in the application.

The position is now available with funding support (~2500 USD per month) and the potential candidate can start the PhD study on Mid Jan 2022 or 1 Sept 2022.

The latest QS Ranking of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is #66

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Department of Health and Informatics Technology (Host department of the PhD student) :

Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26)

Funding Notes

-Students can start the PhD study either Jan 2022 or Sept 2022.

-Studentship (~2500 USD per month) is available.

Students with First class honor from top university and previous publication will stand for a high chance for Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (
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