Prof. TUAN, Rocky S.

Personal Information

Vice-Chancellor / President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founding Director, Professor of the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Office: (852) 3943 5204
Address: Room 420A, 4/F, Lo Kwee-Seong Integrated Biomedical Science Building, Area 39, CUHK
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Research interests

Dr. Tuan directs a multidisciplinary research program that focuses on orthopaedic research as a study of the biological activities underlying the development, growth, function, and health of skeletal tissues, and the utilization of this knowledge to develop cell-based technologies that will regenerate and/or restore function to diseased and damaged skeletal tissues. Ongoing research projects are directed towards skeletal development, stem cells, growth factor signaling, bone-biomaterial interaction, extracellular matrix and cell-matrix interaction, nanotechnology, mechanobiology, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering, utilizing integrated contemporary technologies of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, embryology and development, cellular imaging, and engineering.

Selected Publications

1. Tuan RS, Chang KP. “Isolation of intracellular symbiotes by immune lysis of flagellate protozoa and characterization of their DNA.” J Cell Biol, 1975; 65(2):309-323.

2. Tuan RS, Scott WA. “Calcium-binding protein of chorioallantoic membrane: identification and developmental expression.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 1977 ;74(5):1946-1949.

3. Tuan RS, Scott WA, Cohn ZA. “Purification and characterization of a calcium-binding protein from chick chorioallantoic membrane.” J Biol Chem, 1978; 25;253(5):1011-1016.

4. Tuan RS, Scott WA, Cohn ZA. “Calcium-binding protein of the chick chorioallantoic membrane. I. Immunohistochemical localization.” J Cell Biol, 1978; 77(3):743-751.

5. Tuan RS, Scott WA, Cohn ZA. “Calcium-binding protein of the chick chorioallantoic membrane. II. Vitamin K-dependent expression.” J Cell Biol, 1978; 77(3):752-761.

6. Tuan RS, Zrike J. “Functional involvement of carbonic anhydrase in calcium transport of the chick chorioallantoic membrane.” Biochem J, 1978; 176:67-74.

7. Tuan RS. “Vitamin K-dependent gamma-glutamyl carboxylase activity in the chick embryonic chorioallantoic membrane.” J Biol Chem, 1979; 254(4):1356-1364.

8. Tuan RS. “Calcium transport and related functions in the chorioallantoic membrane of cultured shell-less chick embryos.” Dev Biol, 1980; 74(1);196-204.

9. Tuan RS. “Biosynthesis of calcium-binding protein of chick chorioallantoic embryonic membrane: In vitro organ culture and cell-free translation.” Cell Calcium, 1980; 1(6):411-29.

10. Tuan RS. “Identification and characterization of a calcium-binding protein from human placenta.” Placenta, 1982; 3(2):145-57.