Dr Sun Jin conducts a preliminary analysis to find out the genetic similarities of the deep-sea mussels collected by the Jiaolong submersible in the South China Sea with those originated in the Western Pacific Ocean. He proactively invites two Japanese scientists for further research collaboration.


孫進博士初步研究載人潛水器「蛟龍號」在中國南海取得的深海貽貝樣本,與西太平洋的深海貽貝樣本有基因關連,於是主動邀請日本科學家聯合作進一步研究。

Date: 27 Oct 2014 (Monday)

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HKBU staff receives international fellowship to conduct deep-sea research in Japan

浸大學者獲頒國際獎學金到日本進行深海研究

Dr Sun Jin, Research Associate of the Department of Biology of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) was awarded The InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship, becoming the first Hong Kong recipient of this international fellowship and one of only four recipients in the world this year.
 
The fellowship will cover the travel expenses of Dr Sun to participate in a research cruise and carry out deep-sea collaborative research with Japanese scientists Dr Ken Takai and Dr Hiromi Watanabe from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). In the coming two years, Dr Sun aims to study genetic connectivity of deep-sea mussels in the Western Pacific regions.
 
In the proposal entitled “Genetic connectivity of deep-sea mussels in Western Pacific examined by population genomic approach” which Dr Sun submitted to this Programme, he said, “This is a rare opportunity for me to study deep-sea mussels collected from different regions of the Western Pacific Ocean. The international collaboration will enable me to establish connections with experts in this field of study. The experience will also help me start a career in the exciting area of deep-sea research, and contribute to the conservation of deep-sea biodiversity.” He said that the study of genetic connectivity can reveal the genetic diversity of populations and provide information for the designation of marine protected areas.
 
In June and July 2013, Dr Sun’s supervisor Dr Qiu Jianwen, Associate Professor of the Department of Biology of HKBU, embarked on the first deep-sea expedition on board China’s manned submersible Jiaolong. During the scientific cruise, samples of deep-sea mussels Bathymodiolus platifrons were collected in the South China Sea. A member of the support team in Hong Kong, Dr Sun provided analytical support.
 
Dr Sun completed his PhD at the Department of Biology of HKBU in 2013 and currently conducts research under the supervision of Dr Qiu Jianwen. He was fascinated by the deep-sea samples collected by manned submersible Jiaolong and decided to move into this new field.
 
The InterRidge fellowship was set up to facilitate potential marine scientists to develop their career in any field of ridge-crest science. This year, the other three awardees come from the UK and France.


香港浸會大學生物系副研究員孫進博士獲頒「2014年大洋中脊研究生和博士後研究員獎學金計劃」獎學金,成為首位獲得此項國際獎學金的香港學者。今年全球只有四位得獎者。
 
孫博士將會使用獎學金到日本參與研究巡航,並與海洋研究開發機構(JAMSTEC)的日本科學家高井研博士和渡部裕美博士聯合進行深海研究。未來兩年,他期望研究西太平洋區域深海貽貝(又稱青口)的基因關連。
 
孫博士向計劃提交名為「利用群體基因組學的方法,分析西太平洋深海貽貝的基因關連性」的研究專案。他說﹕「能夠研究西太平洋中多個海域的深海貽貝是難得的機會。這個國際合作計劃讓我與海洋研究領域的專家建立聯繫,有助我在深海研究這個有趣的領域展開工作,對保育深海生物多樣性作出貢獻。」他表示,基因關連的研究可以顯示一種群體的基因多樣性,為建立深海保護區提供重要的資訊。
 
2013年6 月至7月,孫博士的指導老師、浸大生物系副教授邱建文博士,參與了內地載人潛水器「蛟龍號」首個航段的深海考察任務,當時考察隊在中國南海取得包括深海貽貝的生物樣本。孫博士是在港的支援隊伍成員,負責樣本分析。
 
孫博士於2013年取得香港浸會大學生物系博士學位,現時在邱建文博士的指導下從事博士後研究工作。他對研究深海生物產生了濃厚的興趣,因此決定從事這個新研究領域。
 
大洋中脊設立獎學金計劃,旨在鼓勵有潛質的年輕海洋科學家從事深海科學的發展。今年,其他三位得獎人分別來自英國和法國。
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