Fostering new collaborations in gene editing

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At the 2018 Australasian Auditory Neuroscience workshop in Brisbane, Ear Science senior researcher Dr Elaine Wong met with Professor Zhiyong Liu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS): Institute of Neuroscience to discuss and plan future collaborations.

Professor Liu is an expert in gene editing, an exciting field that Ear Science are interested in exploring across a number of projects.

One of Dr Liu’s elite PhD students, Suhong Sun, won the Ear Science visiting scientist prize and visited our lab for a week in June with her fellow student Yuwei Sun. Together, the students presented their research to the basic research team, specifically focusing on their work on a particular type of gene editing called CRISPR/Cas9. This is a useful tool for correcting genetic mutations, and our team are busy establishing this new technology in our work on Usher Syndrome.

As a result of the meeting in Brisbane and the students visiting us last month, we have initiated a collaboration with the CAS Institute of Neuroscience and look forward to exchanging knowledge, ideas and culture between the institutes.