April 7, 2017
Cell surgery robotics is an entirely new emerging theme that is enabled with specially designed automated bio-manipulation tools capable of operation at the single-cell level. It involves multiple research areas in the development of robotics for life science with tangible clinical relevance. In City University of Hong Kong, we have investigated various automated precise engineering tools, including optical tweezers, micro-needles, and electromagnetic devices, as specialized end-effectors to explore the cell surgery robotics. With cell surgery robotics technology, we have achieved numerous cell surgery operations such as single cell transportation and rotation, in vivo cell tracking, cell fusion, cell biopsy and microinjection, and target delivery of cells using magnetic actuation. The new technologies for automated cell surgery will permit many new unforeseen applications previously thought impossible, and will profoundly affect surgical treatment and precision medicine in the near future.
Prof. Dong Sun is currently a chair professor and head of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined City University of Hong Kong in 2000. He has achieved world renown for his pioneering works in robotic single cell manipulation, with numerous outcomes in both fundamental and applied research. He received numerous best paper awards from the international journal and conferences, as well as industrial awards such as Hong Kong Awards for Industry. He served as an associate editor or technical editor for a number of international journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. He has organized several international flagship conferences as a General Chair, including 2013 IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), and 2019 Advanced and Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM). He is a member of the Science and Technology Committee of Education Ministry of China, and a member of Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineer (HKIE). He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada since 2001.