Assistant Professor Wakam CHANG of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), the University of Macau (UM) delivered a science talk entitled “Cell Motility” to Form 4 and Form 5 students of Escola Choi Nong Chi Tai previously.
At the beginning of the talk, he introduced the importance of cell motility with examples like embryo development and tumour metastasis. He then talked about the mechanisms of cell movement, including those used by bacteria, protists and animal cells. With the colourful fluorescent images and striking live-cell movies, he explained the roles of cytoskeleton and adhesion molecules in cell movement.
Prof. Chang guided the students to understand how cell motility is regulated and how cell motility defects in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a premature aging disease. He further explained its interpretation in understanding normal aging and the development of anti-aging treatment.
Prof. Chang also shared the updated faculty development, the curricula of the programmes, different joint programmes and exchanges programmes offered by FHS. He warmly invited the students to visit and learn more about FHS for exploring new options for their future. He also encouraged the students to keep up their enthusiasm for learning science as there is still an astonishing amount that people do not understand about science.