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Ying Cui

Current Position              Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Contact Information       Institute of Biomedical Engineering
                                      Department of Engineering Science
                                      Old Road Campus Research Building
                                      University of Oxford
                                      OX3 7DQ
                                      Fax: +44 or 1865 617701
                                      Tel: +44 1865 617653


Research Interests

Bioreactors for T cell culture and proliferation. The current project is in collaboration with a company to optimise their cell bioprocessing setup. This involves evaluating different types of bioreactors for cell expansion.




2004-2000 Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology, University of Oxford, UK

2000-2003 Master of Philosophy in Physiology, Sun Yat-sen University, China

1995-2000 Doctor of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, China


Work Experience:

2014-2016 Project Leader, Oxford MEStar Company, UK

2011-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK


Awards and Scholarships

2009 FEBS YTF Award

2008 Hulme Continuation Grant

2008 The W.Wing Yip & Brothers Bursary

2004-2007 K C Wong Scholarship of University of Oxford



Journal Papers:

Ying Cui, Jill P.G. Urban. The influence of osmolarity on the expression of matrix metalloproteinases in the intervertebral disc. Submitted.

Ying Cui, Jing Yu, Jill P.G. Urban, David Young. Differential gene expression profiling of metalloproteinases and their inhibitors: a comparison between bovine intervertebral disc nucleus pulposus cells and articular chondrocytes. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 35 (11): 1101-8

Ying Cui, Zhu Li Wang. Effect and its mechanism of extract A of dried radix rehmanniae on gasric mucosa blood flow. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 25 (Suppl.): 36-37

Zhu Li Wang, Ying Cui. Morphological study of extract A of dried radix rehmanniae in protecting gastric mucosa and its relation with heat shock protein. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 25 (Supply.): 38-41


Conference Proceedings:

Ying Cui, Sheena Lee, Jing Yu, Jill Urban. MMP expression by intervertebral disc cells is responsive to changes in extracellular osmolarity. Proceeding of the 2010 Biennial Meeting of The American Society For Matrix Biology

Ying Cui, Jing Yu, Jill Urban. Metabolism of intervertebral disc explants in the presence of the fibronectin fragment. Proceeding of the meeting of the British Society of Matrix Biology.

Ying Cui, David Young, Jill Urban, Jing Yu. Differences between the metalloproteinases expressed in vitro by the cells of the intervertebral disc and chondrocytes of articular cartilage. Proceeding of the XXth meeting of the Federation of European Connective Tissue Societies.

J Yu, N Eisenstein, Ying Cui, J C T Fairbank, S Roberts, J P G Urban. Elastin fibre organisation in degenerated human disc. Proceeding of Annual General Meeting 2005 for the Society for Back Pain Research.