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Chemistry PhD student wins awards for outstanding presentation in metabolomics study

14 Jul 2017

Li Xiaona wins two awards from the Metabolomics Society for her excellent presentation.
Li Xiaona wins two awards from the Metabolomics Society for her excellent presentation.

Chemistry PhD student Li Xiaona won the Metabolomics Student Prize and the Student Travel Award presented by the Metabolomics Society at the Society’s 2017 conference held in Brisbane, Australia in late June.


The Society presented the travel awards to just 10 PhD students from around the world. Each of them had to deliver a presentation at the conference. Xiaona, who was the only Chinese student among the 10 candidates, was selected as the best presenter and won the Student Prize. 


Xiaona’s oral presentation was entitled “LC-MS-based metabolomics revealed SLC25A22 as an essential regulator in TCA cycle, aspartate-derived amino acids and polyamines in KRAS-mutant colorectal cancer”. It is also part of her PhD research, which focuses on using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry to evaluate the metabolic effects of the gene on colorectal cancer cells. The findings provide insights into colorectal cancer cell growth and metastasis. According to the Metabolomics Society, Xiaona’s presentation demonstrated meritorious scientific accomplishments and innovative contributions to the field of metabolomics.


Xiaona said, “I would like to thank my supervisor Professor Cai Zongwei and my collaborators in CUHK for their guidance, encouragement and support. I am lucky to be able to conduct my research on the good platform provided by the Partner State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis (HKBU), and work with excellent teachers and passionate students. I believe that more good research outcomes will be produced by the State Key Laboratory in the near future.”