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

Research Focus:

Neurophysiology, neurodevelopment, and neurodegenerative diseases

  1. One focus is neuroplasticity and motor learning, control of voluntary movement, treatment strategies for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases as well as stroke survivors. Members are also interested in neurocognitive deficits in obstructive sleep apnea, brain iron dysregulation in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, ocular inflammation, retinal degeneration and glaucoma, inflammatory response and platelets in the central nervous system.


Cardiovascular function, metabolic diseases, cellular signaling

  1. A focus is cellular and molecular events in the initiation and progression of endothelial cell dysfunction in hypertension and diabetes, and animal models for cardio-metabolic disorder. Members are also interested in ion channels (TRP and K channel) and calcium signaling in the cardiovascular system, modulation of cardiac and vascular smooth muscle ion channels by herbal medicine.
  2. Other interest includes molecular biology of fluorescent proteins, development of anti-obesity and anti-diabetic drugs, mechanisms of fetal programming of type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome in offspring of diabetic mothers, mediators of arthritis development and stroke, ion channels in cancer cells, subcellular vesicular trafficking and autophagy.


Name Contact No. Research Interests
Prof CHAN Sun On
3943 6898 Axon growth and guidance, degenerative and
inflammatory eye diseases
Prof CHEUNG Chi Kwan Vincent
3943 9389 Motor control, motor learning, motor
development, stroke rehabilitation,
diseases of the motor system, computational
neuroscience, biomechanics
Prof HUI Xiaoyan Hannah
3943 5101 Adipose Remodelling
Prof IP Pak Kan Jacque
3943 0456 Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity,
Autism and related disorders, Visual cortex,
Learning and memory, Immediate early genes,
Neurodevelopment, In vivo two-photon imaging
Prof KE Ya
3943 6780 Network basis of cognitive functions,
Emotion and related innate behaviors,
Circuit aberrations and treatments in neurodegenerative diseases
Prof KWAN Yiu Wa
3943 6884 Gut Microbiomes, Probiotics, Inflammatory
Bowel Diseases, colorectal cancer,
Diabetes Mellitus
Prof POON Ngar Yun Ellen
3943 5750 Human pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes,
disease modelling and drug screening, precision medicine,
cardiotoxicity, mitochondria and metabolism, omics
Prof RANSOM Bruce Robert 3943 0598 Glial cell physiology and function,
the cellular pathophysiology of ischemic brain injury,
brain and nerve energy metabolism (especially the role
of glycogen) and extracellular space ion homeostasis.
Prof SHUM Sau Wun Alisa
3943 6840 Anti-obesity and anti–diabetes drug
development, fetal programming of adult
Prof TIAN Xiaoyu (Deputy Chief)
3943 3075 macrophage, vascular homeostasis, molecular clock
Prof YAO Xiaoqiang (Chief)
3943 6877 Ca2+ signaling, TRP channels, cardiovascular
physiology, atherosclerosis, mechanical
sensation, TM9SF4, ER stress, autophagy,
cancer chemoresistance
Name Contact No.
Prof CHOI Chung Hang Jonathan 3943 8469
Prof FUNG Erik Yee Mun George 3763 6035 / 3505 1750
Prof LEUNG Kai Shun Christopher 3943 5803
Prof LUI Oi Lan Kathy 3763 6034
Prof MA Ching Wan Ronald 3505 3135 / 3505 3125
Prof MOK Chung Tong Vincent 3505 1459 / 2558 7122
Prof ONG Sang-Bing 3513 3157
Prof PANG Chi Pui Calvin 3943 5801
Prof TSANG Suk-Ying Faye 3943 1020
Prof WANG Chi Chiu Ronald 3505 3099


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