Nursing Research and Basic Science Laboratory

The Nursing Research and Basic Science Laboratory aims to translate and advance nursing knowledge using the leading molecular tools, and to promote the importance of basic science knowledge in nursing research. With the state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise, we are able to support, explore and integrate genetic factors, biobehavioral markers and psychosocial factors to advance our research in different biomedical areas, such as cell culture, genotyping, biomarker analysis, microbiome analysis, immunoassay and different biochemical analyses (e.g. cortisol measurement), so as to strengthen basic science elements in our nursing research.

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Key equipment in the laboratory includes:
1. Class II safety cabinet
2. Inverted microscope
3. High-performance real-time PCR system
4. Micro-volume UV-Vis spectrophotometer
5. Bioanalyzer system
6. Gel documentation system
7. Filter-based microplate photometer
8. High-performance thermal cyclers
9. Refrigerated centrifuge
10. Fluorometer

Current Nursing Research Work with Basic Science Elements

  • Effect of heat-stabilized rice bran on gut microbiome composition in healthy Chinese adults: A pilot study
  • Profiling of the silica-induced pro-inflammatory molecular events in macrophages using the RNASeq approach
  • Comprehensive risk assessment of people with silicosis: A population-based study (including investigation of insulin resistance, C-reactive protein, plasma vitamin C, hemoglobin, fasting blood glucose and lipid profiles among people with silicosis)