Researchers from Hong Kong and France meeting organized by the Consulate General of France [fr]

In the context of their venue to Hong Kong (HK) for the conference « The International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists », Dr Yoann Sallaz-Damaz (CNRS researcher) and Dr Christophe Berzin (CEA Engineer) from the Institute of Structural Biology of Grenoble (IBS, CNRS/CEA/university Joseph Fourier) went to the Chinese University of HK on the 14th of Marsh, 2013, to meet researchers from the Faculty of Sciences. The faculty was represented by Pr Henry WONG, Dean of the faculty, Pr Zuowei XIE, associate dean for research, and eminent researchers from the faculty: Prof Pang-Chui SHAW, Prof Bo ZHENG, Prof Jiang XIA and Shannon AU.


Created in 1963, Chinese University of Hong Kong is one of the 7 major universities of Hong Kong, present at the top of international rankings: 40th place of the QS world and 5th place of the QS Asia in 2012. This campus of 137.3 hectares, located at the north of Hong Kong territories, host roughly 15 000 students distributed in 8 faculties (Arts, Business administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medecine, Sciences, Social sciences). The faculty of sciences has actually 2 800 students, it is compounds of two schools (Chinese medicine and life sciences) and 4 departments (Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics).

After a presentation of their research in the field of protein crystallography by Professors Pang-Chui SHAW, Bo ZHENG, Jiang XIA and Shannon AU (Ref CUHK), Dr SALLAZ-DAMAZ and Dr BERZIN presented results of their research work about robotic applied to crystallography led at the synchrotron of Grenoble (Ref IBS). The meeting has been followed by a visit of the faculty Sciences laboratories, showing the first choice equipment of the science Faculty.

This exchange between French and Hong Kong researchers has been the opportunity for Dr Isabelle Saves, Attaché for Science and Academic Affairs, and to Maël Le Bail, Scientific officer, from the Consulate General of France at Hong Kong and Macao, to promote the supporting program of the French Ministry of Foreign affairs about scientific and technologic internationals exchanges. There is two main programs existing to support such exchanges between France and Hong Kong:

  • The Hubert Curien program (PHC) “Procore” jointly developed by the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, with the support of Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research and the Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC).
  • The program “ANR blanc international” jointly developed by the French National Agency of Research (ANR) and the RGC.

We hope that this first meeting between researchers of the IBS and CUHK will be the first step of a successful collaboration between those two Institutions, participating in the development and reinforcement of scientific cooperation between France and Hong Kong.

You are a researcher in a French institution and have the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong? You want to meet high level researchers from Hong Kong in your fields? Do not hesitate to contact the Consulate General of France at Hong Kong and Macao who will help you identifying and organizing your meetings.

Contacts :

Dr Isabelle SAVES

Attaché for Science and Academic Affairs


Scientific officer

Références IBS :

FIP: a Highly Automated Beamline for Multiwavelength Anomalous Diffraction Experiments
M. Roth, P. Carpentier, O. Kaïkati, J. Joly, P. Charrault, M. Pirocchi, R. Kahn, E. Fanchon, L. Jacquamet, F. Borel, A. Bertoni, P. Israel-Gouy, and J.-L. Ferrer
Acta. Cryst. D58 (2002), 805-814.

A new, highly integrated, sample environment for protein crystallography
L. Jacquamet, J. Ohana, J. Joly, P. Legrand, R. Kahn, F. Borel, M. Pirocchi, P. Charrault, P. Carpentier, and J.-L. Ferrer
Acta Cryst. D60 (2004), 888-894

Automated analysis of vapor diffusion crystallization drops with an X-ray beam
L. Jacquamet, J. Ohana, J. Joly, F. Borel, M. Pirocchi, P. Charrault, A. Bertoni, P. Israel-Gouy, P. Carpentier, F. Kozielski, D. Blot, and J.-L. Ferrer
Structure 12 (2004), 1219-1225.

New plates for protein crystallization, in situ ligand soaking and X-ray diffraction
Le Maire, A., Gelin, M., Pochet, S., Hoh, F., Pirocchi, M., Guichou, J.-F., Ferrer, J.-L., and Labesse, G.
Acta Cryst. D67 (2011), 747-755.

REACH: Robotic Equipment for Automated Crystal Harvesting, using a 6-axis robot arm and a micro-gripper
Heidari Khajepour, M.Y., Vernede, X., Cobessi, D., Lebrette, H., Rogues, P., Terrien, M., Berzin, C., Ferrer, J.-L.
Acta D69 (2013), 381-387.

Références CUHK

Influenza polymerase activity correlates with the strength of interaction between nucleoprotein and PB2 through the host-specific residue K/E627.
Ng AK, Chan WH, Choi ST, Lam MK, Lau KF, Chan PK, Au SW, Fodor E, Shaw PC.
Centre for Protein Science and Crystallography, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Maize ribosome-inactivating protein uses Lys158-lys161 to interact with ribosomal protein P2 and the strength of interaction is correlated to the biological activities.
Wong YT, Ng YM, Mak AN, Sze KH, Wong KB, Shaw PC.
Biochemistry Programme and Centre for Protein Science and Crystallography, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China.
PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e49608

Multiple conformations of the FliG C-terminal domain provide insight into flagellar motor switching.
Lam KH, Ip WS, Lam YW, Chan SO, Ling TK, Au SW.
Source : Centre for Protein Science and Crystallography, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Structure. 2012 Feb 8;20(2):315-25

Molecular interaction of flagellar export chaperone FliS and cochaperone HP1076 in Helicobacter pylori.
Lam WW, Woo EJ, Kotaka M, Tam WK, Leung YC, Ling TK, Au SW.
FASEB J. 2010 Oct;24(10):4020-32

Crystal structure of activated CheY1 from Helicobacter pylori.
Lam KH, Ling TK, Au SW.
J Bacteriol. 2010 May;192(9):2324-34

Resolving multiple protein-peptide binding events: implication for HLA-DQ2 mediated antigen presentation in celiac disease.
Wang J, Jin X, Liu J, Khosla C, Xia J.
Chem Asian J. 2012 May;7(5):992-9

publié le 25/03/2013

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