Research Staff

Scientific Officer / Chief Manager

Dr. Jaclyn Lai-King SY 

B.Sc.; Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interests: Research of drug discovery from Chinese medicines and natural products; Traditional Chinese medicine and the related standardization work; Anticancer activity of saponins; Potential drug leads for neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and osteoporosis; Phytochemistry and organic synthesis.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Chun Nam LOK

B.Sc. (HKBU); Ph.D. (HKU)
ch Interests: ​Metals in Biology and Medicine, Drug Discovery, Proteomics​.

Assistant Professor


B.Sc. (USTC); Ph.D. (Columbia Uni)
Research Interests: ​Computer aided drug discovery, Chemical informatics, Machine learning and AI algorithms for small molecule bio-activity prediction.  

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Qiushi CHEN

B.Sc. (SWPU); M.Sc. (UQ); Ph.D. (ICL); Postdoctoral (UGA)

Research Interests: Glycomics, proteomics, glycobiology, mass spectrometry, biomedically important glycosylation.

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Ngar Woon KAM

B.Sc. (UCL); Ph.D. (WHRI, Barts and The London SMD)

Research Interests: immune-oncology with focus on cancers including nasopharyngeal Carcinoma and esophageal Cancer. Also interested in translational research with the aim to identify new therapeutic targets and novel biomarkers in order to develop early phase clinical trials based on patients’ stratification and target validation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

Technical Manager

Dr. Pui-Ki WAN

B.Sc.; Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interests: ​
Discovery and development of anti-cancer pincer-type platinum complexes containing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands and bioactive natural products; Drug metabolism studies; Nanomedicine and drug delivery.

Research Officer (holding a functional title of Technical Manager)

Dr. Gulice LEUNG

B.Sc. (PolyU); Ph.D. (CUHK) 
Research Interests: ​Organic Synthesis, Flow Technology.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Atif ALI
B.Sc. (Hons) (UE); M.Phil. (UOS); Ph.D. (SCUT)
Research Interests: Synthesis, Metal Porphyrins, Metal Corroles, Drug design, High valent metal intermediates.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lei CHENB.Sc., Ph.D. (HKU)Research interests: functional sORF-encoded peptides and immunopeptidomics in cancer immunotherapy.

Postdoctoral Fellow
B.Sc. (AnhuiU); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interest: Synthetic Chemistry.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Yueyao CHEN
B.Sc. (Sun Yat-sen U); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interest: (3+2) cycloadditions.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Jacky Chun-Ho CHU
B.Sc., Ph.D. (CUHK)
Research Interests: Cancer therapeutics; Targeted drug delivery; Antibody and peptide; Immunotherapy.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Xin DAI

B.Sc. (China Pharm. Uni); Ph.D. (HKUST)

Research interests: Mechanism study of anti-cancer drug on single molecule level, health biomarker/cancer biomarker detection on single molecule level.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Mingdan DENG
B.Sc. (SWU); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research interests: Cancer stem cell, tumor biology, immunotherapy.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Katie Sze Wai FUNG
B.Sc.; M.Res (ICL); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interests: Cancer immunology, metastasis.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Jingqi HAN
B.Sc. (Capital Normal Uni); Ph.D. (CityU)
Research Interests: Design and synthesis luminescent transition metal complexes for sensing.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Rui HOU
B.Sc., Ph.D. (PKU)
Research interests: DNA-encoded libraries,  affinity selections, machine learning, data analysis.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Ianto Bosheng HUANG 
B.Sc. (Agr.) (GuizhouU, PRC);  Ph.D. (CUHK)
Research Interests: Liver Cancer, Cancer Stemness, Parkinson's Disease.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. So Ngo Sophia LAM

B.Sc., Ph.D. (HKU)

Research interests: Cancer Metastasis, EMT, Genomic, Next-Generation Sequencing.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Fidelia LAU
B.Sc. (UBC); Ph.D. (PolyU)
Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Drug Resistance.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Eric Kwok-Chung LAW 

B.Sc. (HKUST); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interest: ​Inorganic chemistry.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Isaac Chi-Lun LEEB.Sc. (HKUST), Ph.D. (HKU)Research Interest: Inorganic chemistry.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lawrence Cho-Cheung LEEB.Sc., Ph.D. (CityU)Research Interests: bioimaging, bioorthogonal chemistry, luminescence, phototherapy, transition metal complexes.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Pui Kin Tony LO
MChem (Huddersfield); DPhil (Oxon.)
Research Interests: Organic synthesis, organosulfur, metal catalysis.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Ling MENG
B.Sc. (Shandong Uni); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interests: Biochemistry; Target Identification; Drug’s mode of action exploration.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Yifan PING
B.Sc. (XMU); Ph.D. (PKU)
Research Interests: Boron Chemistry, Asymmetric Catalysis, Carbene Chemistry.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Xiaojian SHAO

B.Sc. (Nankai Uni); M.Phill. (Tsinghua Uni); Ph.D. (HKBU)

Research Interests: Application of proteomics for target ID of anticancer drugs and unveiling the mode of action.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Kei Shuen TANG
B.Sc., M.Phill., Ph.D. (HKU)
Research interests: Microfluidics, Exosomes, Cancer metastasis.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Zhou TANG

B.Sc. (South China Uni of Tech); M.Phil. (SCUT/Uni of Rennes 1); Ph.D. (Uni of Amsterdam)
Research Interests: ​Synthesis and photophysical/photochemical studies of new iron-based photosensitizers with metal-to-ligand-charge-transfer (MLCT) states as potentially the lowest excited state.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Eymon Ka Chun WU
B.Sc.; M.Phil. (CUHK); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research interests: tumor heterogeneity, tumor microenvironment, cancer evolution, cancer therapeutics, precision medicine, single-cell sequencing, DNA sequencing, RNA sequencing, bioinformatics.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Qiyun WU

B.Sc. (HFUT); M.Sc.; Ph.D. (HKUST)

Research interests: Cholinergic system; Skin pigmentation; Skin inflammatory disease; Pharmacological research.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Yisa XIAO
B.Sc. (QUST); Ph.D. (SIOC)
Research interests: Fluorine Chemistry, Catalytic Chemistry, Peptide Drugs Synthesis and Biomacromolecules PTM.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Yang XUAN
M.B.B.S. (Shihezi U); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interests: cancer markers, oncogenes and signal transduction, tumor microenvironment.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Gareth Zuo Hang YU

B.Sc. (CUHK); Ph.D. (HKU)

Research Interests: Functionalized Electrodes for Redox Catalysis.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Yiwei ZHANG
B.Sc. (Yantai Uni); M.Sc. (Xiamen Uni); Ph.D. (HKU)
Research Interests: Immunotherapy, Drug Discovery.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Zhen ZHANG

B.Sc. (Northwest A&F Uni); Ph.D. (DUT)

Research Interests: Bioimaging,  Mn-complexes for MRI, Organic chemistry

Postdoctoral Fellow


B.Sc. (MUC); Ph.D. (PKU); PDF (HKU)

Research Interests: DNA encoded dynamic library

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Yanting ZHU

B.Pharm.; M.Phil.; Ph.D. (HKBU)

Research Interests:

  • Cytototoxic dynamics of Natural killer cells against distinct cancer targets
  • Drug response in 3D cancer organoid models
Research Assistant
Miss Zelin, Michelle CHEN
B.Sc. (HKU)
Research interest: Synthetic chemistry.
Research Assistant

Ms. Sally Jilin HE 

B.Sc. (HKU)
Research Interest: Chemical Proteomics and Drug Discovery.

Research Assistant II

Ms. Coco Yeqing HUANG

B.Sc. (Xiamen Uni)
Research Interests: ​Method development and determination for environmental pollutants (e.g. BPA); Standardization of Chinese Medicines.

Research Assistant I

Miss Man LIU 

B.Sc (Wuhan Polytechnic U); M.Sc. (Shantou U) 
Research Interest: Anti-cancer effects of Chinese medicine and target identifications; Drug lead discovery.

Research Assistant
Miss Cho Yiu LAU
B.Sc. (CUHK)
Research interest: Cancer biology, particularly tumor microenvironment in nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
Research Assistant

Ms. Christina Un-I NG 

B.Sc. (HKU)
Research Interest: transition-metal catalysis; peptide and protein modification.

Research Assistant

Ms. Meiling RUAN 

B.Sc. (Central China Normal Uni) 
Research Interest: Anticancer effects and mechanisms study of nature product and metal-complexes using MS-based proteomics.

Research Assistant

Miss Winnie Wai Ling TAM B.Sc. (HKU); M.Sc. (UoE)Research interests: Identification of FeS protein as cancer biomarker, DNA sensor development.

Research Assistant
Miss Yin Suen TSE
B.Sc. (PolyU)
Research interests: Proteomics & Mass spectrometry/ Cancer Research.
Research Assistant (holding a functional title of Visiting Scientist)

Dr. Jing XIANG

B.Sc. (Yangtze U); M.Phill. (Shantou U); Ph.D. (CityU)

Research interests: The reactivity of metal nitride and metal oxide on the excited state; Single molecular magnetism; Luminescent materials.

Current job duties: Synthesis of new luminescent metal nitrides and metal oxide.

Research Assistant

Mr. Jason Ho Yin YU

B.Sc. (CityU); MSc (HKUST)

Research Interests: Screening of potential lead compounds using immune cell line and primary cell culture. Separation and purification of bioactive small molecules from Traditional Chinese Medicine.