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Sonia H.Y. Kung

Graduate Student

Sonia Kung


skung@bccrc.ca  10th floor - 675 W.10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z1L3, Canada


Training

  • B. Sc. Honours with Distinction (Cell and Developmental Biology), University of British Columbia, 2014

       Thesis title: “The effects of MARK2 protein kinase expression on lung cell proliferation and oncogenicity”


Program

  • M. Sc. (Interdisciplinary Oncology), University of British Columbia


Research Interests

    • Lung Cancer Biology and Pathogenesis
    • Digital Pathology
    • Digital Image Processing
    • Technology Development
    • Cancer Immunology
    • Tumour Microenvironment

    Publications

      • Enfield KSS, Martinez VD, Marshall EA, Stewart GL, Kung SHY, Enterina JR, Lam WL. (2016). Deregulation of small non-coding RNAs at the DLK1-DIO3 imprinted locus predicts lung cancer patient outcome. Oncotarget. 7(49):80957-66 [PMID: 27829231]
      • Marshall EA, Ng KW, Kung SHY†, Conway EM, Martinez VD, Halvorsen EC, Rowbotham DA, Vucic EA, Plumb AW, Becker-Santos DD, Enfield KSS, Kennett JY, Bennewith KL, Lockwood WW, Lam S, English JC, Abraham N, Lam WL†. (2016). Emerging roles of T helper 17 and regulatory T cells in lung cancer progression and metastasis. Molecular Cancer. 15(1), 67. [PMID: 27784305] Underline denotes co-first authors, † indicates corresponding authors
      • Conway EM, Pikor LA, Kung SHY, Hamilton MJ, Lam S, Lam WL, and Bennewith KL. (2015). Macrophages, inflammation, and lung cancer. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 193(2):116-30. [PMID:26583808]
      • Hubaux R, Thu KL, Vucic EA, Pikor LA, Kung SHY, Martinez VD, Mosslemi M, Becker-Santos DD, Gazdar AF, Lam S, Lam WL. (2015). Microtubule affinity-regulating kinase 2 contributes to cisplatin sensitivity through modulation of the DNA damage response in non-small cell lung cancer. International Journal of Cancer. 137(9):2072-82. [PMID:25907283]

      Abstracts and Presentations

      International conferences

        • Enfield KSS, Martin SD, Martinez VD, Kung SHY, Gallagher P, Milne K, Chen ZY, English JC, MacAulay CE, Guillaud M, Lam WL. (2017). Imaging platform for the quantification of cell-cell spatial organization within the tumour-immune microenvironment. 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). Yokohama, Japan.

        • Marshall EA, Ng KW, Enfield KSS, Martin SD, Milne K, Kung SHY, MacAulay CE, Lam WL. (2017). Increased T Follicular Helper Cell Infiltration in Lung Adenocarcinoma Tertiary Lymphoid Organs. 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). Yokohama, Japan.

        • Kung SHY, Enfield KSS, Rowbotham DA, Marshall EA, Holly A, Pastrello C, Minatel BC, Dellaire G, Berman J, Jurisica I, Macaulay CE, Lam S, Lam WL. (2016). Expression of miR-106 paralogs improves prognostic value of mesenchymal signatures but only miR-106b promotes invasiveness. 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). Vienna, Austria, Abstract #6250.
        • Kung SHY, Enfield KSS, Rowbotham DA, Marshall EA, Holly A, Pastrello C, Minatel BC, Dellaire G, Jurisica I, Lam WL. (2016). Combined overexpression of miR-106 paralogs regulates metastasis and is associated with poor outcome. Cell-VIB Symposium: Hallmarks of Cancer, Ghent, Belgium. Abstract #0135.
        • Enfield KSS, Kung SHY, Gallagher P, Milne K, Chen Z, Piga D, Lam S, English JC, Guillaud M, MacAulay CE, Lam WL. (2016). Quantification of tumour-immune cell spatial relationships in the lung tumour microenvironment using single cell profiling. 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). Abstract #6104.
        • Enfield KSS, Kung SHY, Gallagher P, Milne K, Chen ZY, Lam S, English JC, Guillaud M, MacAulay CE, Lam WL. (2016). Single cell profiling and cell sociology of the lung tumor microenvironment. Cell-VIB Symposium: Hallmarks of Cancer, Ghent, Belgium. Abstract#0094
        • Kung SHY*, Enfield KSS*, Rowbotham DA, Holly A, Pastrello C, Minatel BC, Dellaire G, Jurisica I, MacAulay C, Lam S, Lam WL. (2016). Characterization of microRNAs upregulated in metastatic lung adenocarcinoma, Vancouver, BC. American Society of Human Genetics 2016, Vancouver, BC.  Poster #2954T. *Contributed equally.

        National and local conferences

        • Kung SHY, Enfield KSS, Gallagher P, Milne K, Chen Z, Piga D, Lam S, English JC, Guillaud M, MacAulay CE, Lam WL. (2017). In situ profiling of single cell and regional spatial organizations within the tumor microenvironment. Bioinformatics Graduate Program, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, and Genome Science + Technology Graduate Program (GSAT) (BIG) Research Day. Vancouver, BC.
        • Kung SHY, Hubaux R, Thu KL, Vucic EA, Pikor LA, Martinez VD, Mosslemi M, Becker-Santos DD, Gazdar AF, Lam S, and Lam WL. (2014) Microtubule Affinity Regulating Kinase 2 (MARK2) contributes to the malignant phenotype of lung tumour cells and is associated with cisplatin sensitivity in non-small cell lung cancers. Poster session presented at: 4th Annual Terry Fox Research Institute-British Columbia Node Research Day, Vancouver, BC. Poster #55. 
        • Kung SHY, Hubaux R, Vucic EA, Lam S, and Lam WL. (2014) Aberrant expression levels of the protein kinase MARK2 functionally contribute to lung cancer. Poster session presented at: University of British Columbia Pathology Day, Vancouver, BC. Poster #66. 
        • Kung SHY, Hubaux R, Vucic EA, Lam S, and Lam WL. (2014). The kinase MARK2 contributes to the oncogenicity of lung cancer. Poster session presented at: ENGAGE: Heart + Lung FEST 2014 Scientific Symposium, Vancouver, BC. Poster #46.
        • Kung SHY, Hubaux R, Thu KL, Martinez VD, Lam S, and Lam WL. (2013). The kinase MARK2 mediates lung cell proliferation and oncogenicity. Poster session presented at: 3rd Annual Terry Fox Research Institute-British Columbia Node Research Day, Vancouver, BC. Poster/Abstract #43.

        Invited Talks

          • (2017). Workflow optimization of an in situ spatial profiling platform for the study of lung tumor microenvironments. British Columbia Cancer Research Centre Image Processing (IMPRO) Seminar, Canada.
          • (2014). Microtubule Affinity Regulating Kinase 2 (MARK2) contributes to the malignant phenotype of lung tumour cells and is associated with cisplatin sensitivity in non-small cell lung cancers. 4th Annual Terry Fox Research Institute-British Columbia Node Research Day, Canada. 
          • (2014). Opening Talk for the University of British Columbia Biological Sciences Society Research Night: Research is.... The University of British Columbia Biological Sciences Society (BIOSOC) Research Night, Canada. 

          Academic Awards

          • University of British Columbia Graduate Student Travel Award (2017)
          • Interdisciplinary Oncology Program Travel Award  (2016)
          • University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Graduate Award (2016)
          • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's Award (2015)
          • University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Graduate Entrance Award (2014)
          • University of British Columbia Graduation with Distinction (2014)
          • University of British Columbia Dean’s Honour List (2013, 2014)
          • British Columbia Cancer Studentship (2013)
          • University of British Columbia President’s Entrance Scholarship (2010)
          • Passport to Education (2010)