School of Biomedical Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學


Dr.rer.nat., M.Phil., M.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), GradDip (Adult Education and Training), C.Biol., MSB, M.A.A.A.

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Dr Maria Wai received her BSc. and MPhil. degrees from the University of Hong Kong, and her doctoral degree from the University of Rostock, Germany. Following her postgraduate studies, she continued her research in neuroscience having more than 50 publications to her credit after which she discovered her passion for medical education.

Currently, she serves as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, in addition to holding prominent positions in various academic and curriculum committees at the Faculty of Medicine. Being a dedicated educator, she is enthused about academic teaching and support, development of teaching and learning methodologies, and pedagogical research.

Her subject expertise is human anatomy, and she is a member of the American Association for Anatomy and the Royal Society of Biology (UK). She has been diligently imparting her knowledge of gross anatomy, histology, and neuroanatomy to medical and non-medical undergraduate and postgraduate students at CUHK for more than two decades. She has been the recipient of the best teacher award by the Faculty of Medicine for three consecutive years from 2005-2008.

In addition to being a pre-clinical academic advisor and coordinator for the Academic Support Team of the School, she is the course coordinator for two anatomy courses for the students of Medicine in Year 1 and 2, and appointed the overall coordinator for the Year 3 students of Medicine. Her rich experience in human body dissection motivates her to conduct numerous training workshops grooming new anatomists and educators at the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

  1. Gross anatomy, Histology, and Neuroanatomy
  2. Pedagogical studies in anatomy teaching
  3. Development of innovative teachings and learnings methodologies
  4. Comparative vertebrate neuroanatomy


  1. Sha O, Wai MS, Lam J and Fan X. (2015), In: Histology Workbook for Medical and Health Science Students, People’s Health Press
  2. Yew DT, Wai MS and Li WY. (2012) In: An atlas on the comparative anatomy of the retinae of vertebrae, Bentham Science Publisher

Journal papers

  1. Yang J., Wu SL, Chow MSM, Wai MS and Yew DT. (2017) New elements in the interreceptor matrix: a comparative study of Megavilli and Landolt’s club. Microscopy Research Technology 80:525-529
  2. Jiang YL, Tian W, Lu G, Rudd JA, Lai KF, Yeung LT, Wai MS, Li YY, Huang ML and Yew DT (2014), Patterns of cortical activation following motor tasks and psychological-inducing movie cues in heroin users: An fMRI study, International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 47: 25-40
  3. Wai MS, Luan P, Jiang Y, Chan WM, Tsui TY, Tang HC, Lam WP, Fan M and Yew DT (2013), Long term ketamine and ketamine plus alcohol toxicity - what can we learn from animal models? Mini Review in Medicinal Chemistry 13: 273-279
  4. Wai MS, Chan WM, Zhang AQ, Wu Y and Yew DT (2012), Long-term ketamine and ketamine plus alcohol treatments produced damages in liver and kidney, Human and Experimental Toxicology 31: 877-886
  5. Wai MS, Lorke DE, Kwong WH, Zhang L and Yew DT (2011), Profiles of serotonin receptors in the developing human thalamus, Psychiatry Research 185: 238-242
  6. Hung AS, Tsui TY, Lam JC, Wai MS, Chan WM and Yew DT (2011), Serotonin and its receptors in the human CNS with new findings - a mini review, Current Medical Chemistry 18: 5281-5288
  7. Lorke DE, Wai MS, Liang Y and Yew DT (2010), TUNEL and growth factor expression in the prefrontal cortex of Alzheimer patients over 80 years old, International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology 23: 13-23
  8. Yeung LY, Wai MS, Fan M, Mak YT, Lam WP, Lu ZL and Yew DT (2010), Hyperphosphorylated tau in the brains of mice and monkeys with long-term administration of ketamine, Toxicology Letter 193: 189-193
  9. Yew DT, Leung LY, Wai MS and Mak YT (2009), 5-HT 1A and 2A receptor positive cells in the cerebella of mice and human and their decline during aging, Microscopic Research Techniques 72: 684-689
  10. Wai MS, Liang Y, Shi C, Cho EY, Kung HF and Yew DT (2008), Co-localization of hyperphosphorylated tau and caspases in the brainstem of Alzheimer’s disease patients, Biogenrotology 10: 457-469
  11. Wai MS, Webb SE, Lorke DE and Yew DT (2006), The pattern of c-fos activation in the CNS is related to behavior in the mudskipper, Periophthalmus cantonensis Brain Behavioural Research 167: 318-327
  12. Wai MS, Lorke DE, Kung LS and Yew DT (2005), Morphogenesis of the different types of photoreceptors of the chicken (Gallus domesticus) retina and the effect of amblyopia in neonatal chicken, Microscopy Research and Technique 69: 99-107
  1. Twelfth annual teacher of the year award, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007 - 2008
  2. Eleventh annual teacher of the year award, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2006 – 2007
  3. Tenth annual teacher of the year award, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005 - 2006