Leadership and Key Members
Hsian-Rong Tseng, PhD
Hsian-Rong Tseng, PhD, seeks to develop nano-structured materials and microfluidic platforms to improve and advance the field of molecular diagnostics using imaging, with the aim of developing new and more effective therapies. He also seeks to discover more about the biology of cancer cells that may result in new targeted treatments.
Dr. Tseng and his research group have developed a variety of integrated microfluidic circuits for highly efficient radio-labeling reactions and cell-sorting processes, as well as a prototype nano-electronic sensor that may aid in cancer diagnosis.
His research group has been exploring the use of their platforms and nano-scale vectors in uncovering crucial functions in stem cell biology. He and his team have developed tests that quantify the pluripotent and differentiation status and signaling networks of human pluripotent stem cells. He also is using nano-scale vectors to deliver reprogramming genes and transcription factors to transform somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, cells with the same properties of embryonic stem cells.
In addition to being a part of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, Dr. Tseng is also affiliated with the California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging. An associate professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Dr. Tseng earned his doctorate degree in 1998 from National Taiwan University. Prior to doing his post-doctoral work at UCLA, Dr. Tseng served as a second lieutenant for two years in the Combined Service Force in Taipei. He joined the UCLA faculty in 2003.
Dr. Tseng also is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Academy of Molecular Imaging, the American Chemical Society and the Material Research Society.
His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.