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Dr. Rachel W.S. CHAN (陳華珊博士)

Post-doctoral Fellow
BSc (Melbourne); PhD (Monash)
  • location
    L7-47, Laboratory block, Faculty of Medicine Building, The University of Hong Kong
  • telephone
    (852) 3917 9368
  • facsimile
    (852) 2819 1947
Research Interests
  • Endometrial Stem Cells
  • Women’s Health
  • Abnormal Uterine Conditions


  • Xu S., Chan R.W.S., Ng E.H.Y. and Yeung W.S.B., Spatial and temporal characterization of endometrial mesenchymal stem-like cells activity during the menstrual cycle, Experimental Cell Research. Elsevier Inc, 2017, 350(1): 184-189.

  • Cao M, Chan RW, Yeung WS. Label-retaining stromal cells in mouse endometrium awaken for expansion and repair after parturition. Stem Cells Dev. 2015 Mar 15;24(6):768-80. doi: 10.1089/scd.2014.0225. Epub 2014 Dec 22. [PubMed]

  • Xiang L., Chan RWS, Ng EHY and Yeung WSB. Slow-cycling mesenchymal stromal cells in human endometrium possess common hallmark somatic stem cell properties Stem Cell Research & Therapy. 2014, 5: 84.

  • Chan RW, Mak AS, Yeung WS, Lee KF, Cheung AN, Ngan HY, Wong AS. Human female reproductive tract epithelial cell culture. Methods Mol Biol. 2013;945:347-63. [PubMed]

  • Chan RWS, Kaitu'u-Lino T, Gargett CE. Role of Label-Retaining Cells in Estrogen-Induced Endometrial Regeneration. Reproductive Sciences. 2012, 19: 102-114. 

  • Chan RW, Ng EH, Yeung WS. Identification of cells with colony-forming activity, self-renewal capacity, and multipotency in ovarian endometriosis. Am J Pathol. 2011 Jun;178(6):2832-44.14. [PubMed]

  • Lee CL, Chiu CN, Lam KW, Chan RWS, Chu IK, Koistinen R, Koistinen H, Seppala M, Lee KF, Yeung WSB. Glycodelin-A modulates cytokine production of peripheral blood natural killer cells. Fertil Steril 2010;94:769-71. (Publication No. : 177299) 

  • Lee KF, Lee YL, Chan RWS, Cheong AWY, Ng EHY, Ho PC, Yeung WSB. Up-regulation of endocrine gland-derived vascular endothelial growth factor but not vascular endothelial growth factor in human ectopic endometriotic tissue, Fertility and Sterility. 2010;93:1052-1060. (Publication No. : 175168)

Research Grants
  • Characterization of Stem/Progenitor Cells in Human Endometriosis. University Grants Committee of Hong Kong (UGC) Research Grants Council (RGC) Earmarked Grant for Research 2007-2008 (Co-Investigator) HK $944,700 (2009-2012).
  • Understanding Human Endometrial Stem Cell Proliferative and Differentiation Potential. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research, University of Hong Kong. (Co-Investigator) HK $100,000 (2007-2009).
  • Mechanism of action of EG-VEGF on human uterine microvascular endothelial cell. Small Project Funding, University of Hong Kong (Principle Investigator) $68,840 (2007)
Professional activities
  • Member of Hong Kong Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Reproductive Society (2011-present).
  • Member of European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology (2009-2012).
  • Member of Centre of Reproductive, Growth and Development, Hong Kong (2007-present). 
  • Member of International Society for Stem Cell Research (2005-2009, 2013).
Awards and Honors
  • 2006, 2004, 2003 – Top six finalists for New Investigator Award for Society of Reproductive Biology, Australia (for 3 different aspect of work).