Christina Y.C. Wei

Visiting Scholar/Postdoctoral Fellow

Taipei, Taiwan

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Ph.D. Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, 2019
M.Sc. Biological Chemistry, National Taiwan University, 2012
B.Sc. Life Science, National Taiwan University, 2010

Research Focus

My research focuses on understanding the homeostasis and deformation of biological layers at the molecular level, with a particular focus on complex human disease. I am currently working on the following areas:

1. Evaluate a form of hyaluronic acid that has been derivatized with boronic acid for the purpose of addressing conditions leading to ocular discomfort, particular corneal cell layer/eyelid cell layer adhesion using an in vitro eye blink model and its association with dry-eye, tear film stability and trait of interest. The goals include assessing hyaluronic acid responsible for binding and lubrication on ocular surfaces for future drug development studies.

2. Dry-eye model to elucidate how anti-adhesive therapeutics at the cornea-eyelid contact can help to restore normal tear film function and improve patient symptoms involving inflammation and cell damage at the interface.

Other than research, I contribute to startup ecosystem building on the fields of translational medicine and digital healthcare in Bay area supported by the Stanford LEAP program of MOST in Taiwan for the year of 2021.

Hobbies: Ballet, Travel, Music and Painting