On May 14th, 2019, the Guangzhou Blood Center and the editorial office of Annals of Blood (AOB) successfully held a symposium in Guangzhou, aiming to provide a platform for AOB Section Editors for academic communication and discussion on AOB’s annual progress and future development. During the symposium, Prof. Heyu Ni (Figure 1) from the University of Toronto gave an excellent presentation on the topic “Platelets and Platelet Immunology” as a distinguished speaker. After his presentation, the editorial office conducted a brief interview with Prof. Ni.
Currently, Dr. Ni’s laboratory investigates the roles of adhesion molecules involved in thrombosis/hemostasis, inflammation/immune response, and tumorigenesis. His team is studying the mechanisms of these processes using a confocal intra-vital microscopy suite, proteomics, and gene targeted mice. With regards to team management, Prof. Ni shared his experience, “It’s important to find the strengths and weaknesses of each trainee and try to encourage them, to give them proper projects, so that they are able to reach their own goals”. As a supervisor, he always kept in mind that each trainee has their own unique training background.
“To Use their strengths but also identify their weakness, try to enhance the weakness part because they are our future”, said Prof. Ni.
During the interview, Prof. Ni also pointed out some important challenges in medical science. He encouraged all the governments and research agencies to provide sufficient financial support for researchers to encourage our new generation of trainees, and move research forward. More details on interview please see Figure 2.
Heyu Ni, MD, PhD is a Scientist of the Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation, the Platform Director for Hematology, Cancer and Immunological Diseases at St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Founder/President of CCOA therapeutic Inc. He has been a full professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Department of Medicine, and Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto since 2013.
- Viewing at your biography, I noticed that you firstly received your MD in China, and then PhD in Canada, and then postdoctoral training in USA, and now you have been working in Canada for years with outstanding contribution to the field. Looking back on your career, would you like to share what took you to the path, and what encouraged to keep moving on?
- How to identify a research with the clinical significance?
- What would be your advice to the younger generations (like younger physicians, nurses or students) regarding how to keep enthusiasm in basic research?
- In your presentation, you introduced your excellent team and some interesting studies that they are carrying on. What do you regard as the key elements in team management?
Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
- Zhong J, Tang C. Professor Heyu Ni: it’s important for a supervisor to find the strengths and weaknesses of each trainee. Asvide 2019;6:193. Available online: http://www.asvide.com/article/view/32643
(Science Editors: Jessie Zhong, Constance Tang, AOB, email@example.com)
Cite this article as: Zhong J, Tang C. Prof. Heyu Ni: it’s important for a supervisor to find the strengths and weaknesses of each trainee. Ann Blood 2019;4:14.