- Experienced Researcher, University of Manchester, UK
- WP1: The role of genetic factors, the circadian clock and signalling pathways in tendinopathies
- WP2: ER stress, intracellular signalling cascades and biomechanical consequences
- Secondment to the University of Hong Kong, March to April 2018
Qing-Jun Meng is a Professor at the University of Manchester. Research in Qing-Jun’s group focuses on the role of the circadian clocks in tissue homeostasis and disease, including the musculoskeletal system. His research has contributed to the understanding of the daily rhythmic control of tissue functions in cartilage, tendon and intervertebral disc (IVD) tissues.
Funded by the RUBICON staff exchange program, Qing-Jun visited the laboratory of Prof. Danny Chan at the University of Hong Kong for one month. During this secondment, he gained first-hand experience of the IVD tissue anatomy, dissection, culture and experimental IVD disease models. By analysing clock gene patterns and ER stress-related genes from various regions of the IVD tissue in the spine, he has generated new ideas about future joint grant proposals. By spending time in a leading musculoskeletal research group, he was able to discuss science with many musculoskeletal researchers through daily interactions, lab meetings and seminars. This unprecedented exposure to the development and function of the musculoskeletal system has provided him with several new ideas that he is keen to follow up back in Manchester. He also participated in public engagement activities organized by Hong Kong University, “Little People of Hong Kong: Little but not less-understanding rare bone disorders”.