Huan Ting Ong

BForensicSc/BSc, BSc(Hons)
Research Assistant; PhD Candidate


Huan Ting Ong is a Research Assistant and a PhD Candidate who is a member of the Hearing Therapeutics research team at the Ear Science Institute Australia.

Ting joined the group in 2014 as a BSc Honours student and following the successful completion of her degree she commenced a position as a Research Assistant investigating the suitability of materials/biomaterials as a scaffold for cell delivery for tissue engineering and wound healing applications. Under the supervisions of Professor Rodney Dilley and Professor Marcus Atlas, she then embarked on a PhD through UWA, investigating the potential role of adult stem cells eardrum repair. Ting’s PhD has used Next Generation Sequencing and Proteomics analyses to analyse the responses of keratinocytes to factors produce by stem cells, which may be used to promote eardrum repair in chronic perforations.

Ting’s current research focuses on the development and functionalisation of biomaterials for use in chronic middle ear disease, as well as molecular validation for stem cells and organoids, and establishing in vitro models for drug discovery.

Areas of research
  • Discovery through to translation
  • Wound healing, tissue repair & fibrosis
  • Drug discovery
Top publications

Hou R, Denisenko E, Ong HT, Ramilowski JA, Forrest ARR. Predicting cell-to-cell communication networks using NATMI. 2020. Nature Communications. 11:5011

Ong HT & Dilley RJ. Novel non-angiogenic role for mesenchymal stem cell-derived vascular endothelial growth factor on keratinocytes during wound healing. 2018. Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews. 44: 69-79

Ong HT, Redmond SL, Marano RJ, Atlas MD, von Unge M, Aabel P & Dilley RJ. Paracrine activity from adipose derived stem cells on in vitro wound healing in human tympanic membrane keratinocytes. 2017. Stem Cells Dev.26(6):405-418

Liew LJ, Ong HT & Dilley RJ. Isolation and Culture of Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells from Subcutaneous Fat. 2017. Fibrosis. 193-203

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