Prof Qing-Jun Meng MD, PhD


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We study biological clocks in ageing and age-related diseases

We use transgenic animal models, clinical samples, circadian time series -omics, quantitative live imaging and machine learning algorithms to investigate the roles of circadian clocks in ageing and age-related diseases. Underpinning mechanisms identified will be targeted by pharmacological and other non-invasive approaches to slow down tissue degeneration and promote repair. We are also interested in a "circadian medicine" approach to tailor existing therapies according to the internal body clocks for better clinical outcomes.


Qing-Jun Meng is a Professor of Chronobiology and a Versus Arthritis Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, the University of Manchester. He is the Theme Leader of the Chrono-Matrix research theme within the Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research. He is also the Director of Internationalisation in the School of Biological Sciences and was the co-founder and Academic Lead of the Biosciences International Summer School (BIO-SISS).

Qing-Jun (MD and PhD) started his post-doctoral training in 2003 at the University of Manchester on molecular mechanisms and pharmacological resetting of biological clocks. In 2009, Qing-Jun was awarded a MRC Career Development Award Fellowship on clocks, ageing and age-related diseases. In 2015, he was awarded an ARUK Senior Research Fellowship to continue his work into the roles of circadian clocks in health and disease of the musculoskeletal system.  In 2017, he was promoted to a Professor of Chronobiology. 

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  • Circadian biology, Osteoarthritis, Back pain, Breast cancer, Skin ageing, Cell-matrix

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