Written by: Huang Yongyu
Last update date: 2021-06-21 00:00
In addition to the resources needed to do scientific research, talents are also rare.
Xiao Yaoliang, a recent graduate of the CUHK biochemistry program, and Wu Tianlang, a recent graduate of the molecular biotechnology program, have recently been awarded a scholarship to pursue a doctoral degree in the UK.
Among them, Xiao Yaoliang, who wants to focus on neuroscience, explained that she suffered from insomnia in high school and was so serious that she had to suspend school for self-study. She understood the helplessness of patients and the fallacy of society against mental illness. People in need.
She also believes that there is no way out of science in Hong Kong, and the mentality when doing research is also very important. "The road to scientific research is very long. It can be too heavy to gain and lose. Sometimes it is accidental."
Xiao Yaoliang, who is fascinated in research, is currently doing green, but she was suffering from insomnia since she was 12 years old. When her condition was at its worst, she could only sleep for one or two days in two weeks. The number of absences at three o'clock has exceeded 100 days."
She said that fortunately, she met a good doctor. In addition to providing drugs and cognitive therapy, she also helped her deal with administrative problems in the school. During high school, she mainly studied at home without being expelled.
Xiao Yaoliang has participated in the study of Helicobacter pylori and protein structure with many professors.
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She said frankly that she was only passing the grades up to Form 4 and Form 5. When she faced the diploma exam in Form 6, under the encouragement of her father, she reflected on whether to move on or give up, so she tried her best to enter CUHK.
Xiao also shared that a classmate committed suicide due to academic pressure in high school, which made her feel a lot. Help other people?''
Having suffered from insomnia, Xiao Yaoliang (left) hopes to help more people in need through academic research by studying the mysteries of the brain's nerves.
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Xiao Yaoliang officially embarked on the road of scientific research when he was in college. He has followed many professors to participate in the study of Helicobacter pylori and protein structure, and was also awarded a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley to participate in research.
She had been self-study for many years due to illness. She switched to online classes during the epidemic last year. She also served as a teaching assistant in the school. She deeply felt that it was a pity that her classmates could not enter the laboratory in person. Therefore, she organized weekly research groups to share with the teachers and sisters.
Because insomnia involves environmental factors and natural genes, Xiao still takes medication regularly and his condition is stable.
However, she believes that society still has many fallacies regarding mental health. "Everyone will suffer from insomnia, and Hong Kong is under great pressure." She hopes to help more people in need through academic research through studying the mysteries of the brain and nerves, and she will go there in the future. Studying a doctoral course in neuroscience at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, the goal is to follow an optogeneticist to study the operating mechanism of brain neural circuits.
Wu Tianlang expects to focus on molecular biology and genetic research in the future to be applied to different diseases.
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As for Wu Tianlang, he was nurtured by his mother as a nurse. He was interested in biology and medicine since he was a child, but he has not been clear about the way forward.
He smiled and pointed out that after entering CUHK, he was invited by the professor to participate in the research. "I'm going to discover something new. It's not just about absorbing book knowledge." After that, he went to the University of California at Berkeley, a local biotechnology company, and other internships. , Research. In the future, it is expected to focus on molecular biology and genetic research to apply to different diseases.
Xiao Yaoliang was awarded the "Li Huang Yaobi Millennium Scholarship" from CUHK. In the new academic year, he will go to the University of Oxford to study a doctoral degree in neuroscience. As for Wu Tianlang, he will be awarded the "Gates Cambridge Scholarship" and will study a doctoral degree in pharmacology at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. .
The two were awarded the Ligates Cambridge Scholarship and Huang Yaobi Millennium Scholarship respectively.
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When asked whether her family would support it, Xiao Yaoliang confessed that her father was also prejudiced against scientific research at the beginning and questioned whether there was a way out, but she was eventually persuaded.
With foreign experience, Xiao believes that the fighting spirit of Hong Kong researchers is worse than that of foreigners. However, local funds are relatively small. The government ignores scientific research and it is inevitable to "tie hands and feet" in research.
She believes that there is no way out of science in Hong Kong, and the mentality during research is also very important. "The road to scientific research is very long. It can be too heavy to gain and lose. Sometimes it is unexpected."
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