Dr Siu-yuen CHAN (陳小圓)

BSc(Hons) The University of Hong Kong
MPhil The University of Hong Kong
PhD University of Cambridge


Associate Professor
Department of
Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine,
The University of Hong Kong



Developmental Biology







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Development and Disease


My group is interested in understanding the genetic control of mammalian development and how abnormalities in this process lead to diseases. We have been using transgenic and ‘knockout’ mice to elucidate gene function. Our current focus is on the TSPYL family proteins. TSPYL proteins belong to the nucleosome assembly protein family with a putative role in the epigenetic control of gene expression. We have generated Tspyl2 knockout mice and demonstrated a role of TSPYL2 in cell cycle control. In addition, TSPYL2 controls gene expression in neurons.


Our group has a long standing interest in elucidating gene function. We have reported the functions of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and RET receptor tyrosine kinase. We have revealed a role of EGF in the hair growth cycle, spermatogenesis, bone growth and recently, dopamine metabolism. Abnormal EGF or RET signalling results in cancer. We are now testing whether TSPYL family proteins also have a role during embryonic development and in cancer.


Donation to Programme: Development and disease, Department of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine


Selected publications


l Q. Li, S.Y. Chan, K.K. Wong, R. Wei, Y.O. Leung, A.Y. Ding, T.C. Hui, C. Cheung, S.E. Chua, P.C. Sham, E.X. Wu and G.M. McAlonan. (2016) TSPYL2 loss-of-function causes neurodevelopmental brain and behaviour abnormalities in mice. Behavior Genetics 46(4), 529-37.
l K.H. Tsang, S.K. Lai, Q. Li, W.H. Yung, H. Liu, H.S. Mak, C.P. Ng, G. McAlonan, Y.S. Chan and S.Y. Chan (2014) The Nucleosome Assembly Protein TSPYL2 Regulates the Expression of NMDA Receptor Subunits GluN2A and GluN2B. Scientific Reports 4, 3654.
l T. Eda, M. Mizuno, K. Araki, Y. Iwakura, H. Namba, H. Sotoyama, A. Kakita, H. Takahashi, H. Satoh, S.Y. Chan, H. Nawa (2013) Neurobehavioral deficits of epidermal growth factor-overexpressing transgenic mice: impact on dopamine metabolism. Neurosci. Lett., 28, 547:21-5.
l A.S. Don-Salu-Hewage, S.Y. Chan, K.M. McAndrews, M.A. Chetram, M.R. Dawson, D.A. Bethea, C.V. Hinton (2013) Cysteine (C)-X-C Receptor 4 undergoes transportin 1-Dependent nuclear localization and remains functional at the nucleus of metastatic prostate cancer cells. PLOS One, 8(2), e57194.
l K.P. Tao., S.W. Fong, Z. Lu, Y. P. Ching , K.W. Chan, S.Y. Chan (2011) TSPYL2 is important for G1 checkpoint maintenance upon DNA damage. PLoS One, 6(6), e21602.
l Y. Liang, P. H. Chiu, K.Y. Yip and S.Y.Chan (2011) Subcellular localization of SUN2 is regulated by lamin A and rab5. PLoS One, 6(5), e20507.
l R.H.K. Lee, W.L. Wong, C.H. Chan and S.Y. Chan (2006) Differential effects of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor and neurturin in RET/GFRα expressing cells. J. Neurosci. Res., 83, 80-90.
l K.K.L. Mak and S.Y. Chan (2003) Epidermal growth factor as a biologic switch in the hair cycle.J. Biol. Chem., 278, 26120-26126.
l D.C.W. Lee, K.W. Chan, S.Y. Chan (2002) RET receptor tyrosine kinase isoforms in kidney function and disease. Oncogene, 21, 5582-5592.
l R.W.C. Wong, R.W.P. Kwan, P.H.S. Mak, K.K.L. Mak, M.H. Sham and S.Y. Chan (2000) Overexpression of epidermal growth factor induced hypospermatogenesis in transgenic mice. J. Biol. Chem., 275 (24), 18297-18301.
l S.Y. Chan and R.W.C. Wong (2000) Expression of epidermal growth factor in transgenic mice causes growth retardation. J. Biol. Chem., 275 (49), 38693-38698.


Full publication lists 




16 MPhil students (16 graduated), 12 PhD students (8 graduated)

Examiner of 94 post-graduate students (20 as external, 59 internal, 15 additional)