Xie Peisi, a PhD student from the Department of Chemistry, won the Best Poster Award at the 8th Asia-Oceania Mass Spectrometry Conference (AOMSC) in early January 2020. The award was given in recognition of his study on the negative impact of the air pollutant PM2.5 on fat storage and breakdown in mice.
The research is entitled “Prenatal exposure to ambient fine particulate matter induces dysregulations of lipid metabolism in adipose tissue in male mouse offspring”. It showed that prenatal exposure to PM2.5 was found to have reduced the body weight of male mouse offspring as well as their levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. It was also found to have altered histomorphology, with the pollutant disrupting fat storage and breakdown in body fat. The research suggests that more attention should be paid to the influence of PM2.5 pollution on health.
Held at the University of Macau, the AOMSC aims to showcase the best research worldwide, and nurture and inspire young scientists in Asia and Oceania.