Winnie W. Y. Lau

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Diatoms are unicellular algae with plastids acquired by secondary endosymbiosis. They are responsible for approximately 20% of global carbon fixation. We report the 34 million-base pair draft nuclear genome of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana and its 129 thousand-base pair plastid and 44 thousand-base pair mitochondrial genomes. Sequence and(More)
To address the unique demands and challenges of educational computing, various kinds of environments, including graphics-rich and textual environments, have been proposed for use in introductory courses to provide students with a rich and interesting learning environment. In our experience, students in Grade 7 and younger respond best to the graphics(More)
There has been much recent work in wearable computing that is directed at democratization of the field, to make it more accessible to the general public and more easily used by the hobbyist user. As the field becomes more diversified, there has also been a shift away from the highly specialized functionality of earlier applications towards aesthetics,(More)
Mutations in the human erythroid Krüppel-like factor (EKLF) can lead to either anemia or the benign InLu phenotype. To elucidate the relationship between these mutations and the differing phenotypes, we prepared recombinant forms of wild-type and 5 mutant EKLF proteins and quantitated their binding affinity to a range of EKLF-regulated genes. Missense(More)
As enrollments in engineering and computer science programs around the world have fallen in recent years, those who wish to see this trend reversed take heart from findings that children are more likely to develop an abiding interest in technology if they are exposed to it at an early age [3, 9]. In line with this research, we now see more summer camps and(More)
The field of wearable computing and e-textiles has recently attracted much interest from the research and general community. Recent developments in this field raises the possibility of e-textile construction kits for hobbyists and novices alike. The unique nature of wearable computing and e-textiles also gives it a lot of potential as an educational(More)
Philadelphia chromosome–negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), including polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis, are clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorders frequently associatedwith a somatic JAK2V617Fmutation. The gain-of-function JAK2V617Fmutation is associated with ligandindependent activation of cytokine(More)
Of eight laboratory cultures of marine gamma- and alpha-Proteobacteria tested, growth on glycolate as a sole carbon source was detected for only three species: Pseudomonas stutzeri, Oceanimonas doudoroffii and Roseobacter sp. isolate Y3F. Degenerate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers were designed to amplify glcD, which encodes the D-subunit of the(More)
Much of the work in making the introductory programming course more attractive to students has centered around the course content. However, many student frustrations and anxieties stem from the assessment of the course: students do not have a clear idea of what they need to do to achieve a certain grade, and whether their work meets the expectations. We(More)
PURPOSE To describe the clinical features and outcomes among contact lens wearers with Fusarium keratitis. METHODS A retrospective observational review of all cases of culture-proven Fusarium keratitis among contact lens wearers from three hospitals in Hong Kong Island were included. The clinical features, hygiene habits, and clinical outcomes were(More)