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The role of the interactions between N domain and Linker 2 of DKK1 in modulating the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment mediated by DKK1C domain
AI-powered aptamer drug discovery


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Chinese Name


Research Interests

1) Optimization of aptamer selection methodology;

2) Aptamer-based translational medicine and drug discovery;

3) Aptamer structural biology


Dr. Yuanyuan Yu is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the School of Chinese Medicine. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong in 2015. After graduation, she joined the School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2015 to 2019. She was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2019 and Assistant Professor in 2022. Dr. Yu has undertaken multiple external grants in the capacity of PI (such as GRF-RGC and NSFC). Dr. Yu has focused on developing therapeutic aptamers for various diseases.  Her research mainly focuses on aptamer-based drug discovery, including understanding disease mechanisms, identifying targets and discovering drug for diseases, particularly rare and geriatric diseasesthat lack specific treatments.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 201028 Feb 2015

Award Date: 21 Nov 2015

External positions

Guangdong‐Hong Kong Macao Greater Bay Area International Research Platform for Aptamer‐Based Translational Medicine and Drug Discovery

1 Jan 2017 → …


  • QH301 Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Aptamer


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