Weng-Onn Lui

Weng-Onn Lui

Senior Lecturer | Professor | Docent
Visiting address: J6:20 BioClinicum, Akademiska stråket 1, 17164 SOLNA
Postal address: K7 Onkologi-Patologi, K7 Forskning Larsson Catharina Lui, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Current position
    Associate professor (molecular genetics), since Jan 2014
    Research fellow (VR Rådsforskare), September 2010 – August 2016, 100%
    * Travel awards from Karolinska Institutet Foundation (2001), Swedish Cancer
    Foundation and the Cancer Society in Stockholm (2002, 2003, 2004)
    * AACR-Ortho Biotech Scholar-in-Training Award (2003)
    * AACR-AFLAC Scholar-in-training award (2005, 2006)
    * Translational Research Award, Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center (2007)
    * Swedish Research Council Junior Fellowship (2008, 4 years)
    * Swedish Research Council Senior Fellowship (2010, 6 years)
    * 1992-1996, Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia, Bachelor of Science
    (Applied Science)
    * 1999–2002, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, PhD (Medical Genetics)
    Postdoctoral work
    * Nov 2002-Aug 2004, Karolinska Hospital (Thyroid cancer
  • Advisor: Catharina
    * Sep 2004-June 2008, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA (Advisor:
    Andrew Fire)


  • My primary research area is on small RNA biology. Our research activity is
    mainly focusing on studying the role of small RNAs in cancer development and
    drug resistance.
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    A major effort of our previous work had focused on the identification of
    novel small RNAs (particularly miRNAs) and the documentation of their
    expression patterns in several tissue types. We also evaluated the potential
    use of miRNA expression profiles in tumor classification and prognostication.
    Our current projects focus primarily on the functional roles of small RNAs
    along with their regulatory components in clinically relevant experimental


All other publications


  • Professor, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, 2016-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2014
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 2002


  • Hannah Björn Andtback, 2022
  • Yaije Yang, 2021

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