Faculty of Science, CUHK - Deanery


The Faculty of Science is led by a team of dedicated faculty members who work hard to make the Faculty a better place for learning and research.

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Prof. XIE Zuowei
Interim Dean of Science

Professor Xie obtained his B.Sc. degree from Hangzhou University, followed by his M.Sc. degree from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in 1986, and his Ph.D. degree jointly from the Technische Universität Berlin and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in 1990. He joined the CUHK in 1995 and has served as the Associate Dean (Research) since October 2009.  Professor Xie is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemistry.  He received many research prizes including State Natural Science Award, Natural Science Award from the CAS, Croucher Senior Research Fellowship, Research Excellence Award, Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist and Chinese Chemical Society Yao-Zeng Huang Award in Organometallic Chemistry.

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Prof. AU Kwok Keung Thomas
Associate Dean (Education)

Professor Au obtained his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics (1982, New Asia College) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Certificate of Education (distinction) from the University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Michael Freedman (Fields Medalist 1986). He then joined the Department of Mathematics in 1990 and was appointed as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Science in 2011. His contribution in teaching earned him the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2011 and he has participated in gifted mathematics education of Hong Kong for the past 10 years. 

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Prof. JIANG Liwen
Associate Dean (Research)

Professor Jiang graduated from the South China Agricultural University in 1984, then proceeded and obtained his Master degree and Ph.D. from University of British Columbia in 1992 and Simon Fraser University in Canada in 1996 respectively.  Professor Jiang joined the CUHK in 2000, where he received Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award, Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty and Research Excellence Award.  He obtained the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship in year 2009-10 and again in 2015-16; and also the Ministry of Education (MOE) Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards for the third time (2009, 2013 & 2017). He is the Choh-Ming Li Professor of Life Sciences, Director of Centre for Cell and Developmental Biology as well as Director of RGC-AoE Centre for Organelle Biogenesis and Function.

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Prof. WONG Hoi Ying
Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

Professor Wong obtained his B.Sc. degree with first class honours in Mathematical Sciences from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 1997 and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2001. He joined CUHK in same year and was a founding Co-Director of the Quantitative Finance and Risk Management programme and Director of the MSc in Risk Management Science programme. He received the Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in 2015 as a recognition of his outstanding contribution in teaching. 

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Prof. AU Wing Ngor Shannon
Assistant Dean (Student Affairs)

Professor Shannon Au graduated from Portsmouth University, UK. She received her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Genetics and Structural Biology at the University of Hong Kong. She then pursued her postdoctoral trainings in protein x-ray crystallography at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Oxford and the Institute of Cancer Research, UK. She joined CUHK in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. She was appointed as Assistant Dean (Student Affairs) of the Faculty of Science in August 2015.

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Prof. NGAI To
Assistant Dean (Research)

Professor Ngai obtained his B.Sc. degree with first class honours and Ph.D. in Chemistry from CUHK in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He then pursued his postdoctoral training in Germany and USA before joining CUHK as a Research Assistant Professor in 2006.  Professor Ngai received the Croucher Fellowship in 2003 and many other teaching and research awards like Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award, Research Excellence Award, Young Researcher Award thereafter.  His research interests center on various areas of surface and colloid science.

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Prof. WANG Jianfang
Assistant Dean (Education)

Professor Wang received his B.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry and Software Design from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1993. He obtained a Master degree in Inorganic Chemistry at Peking University in 1996, and completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Harvard University in 2002. He subsequently performed his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Wang joined CUHK in 2005 and won the Research Excellence Award and the Young Researcher Award in 2009 and 2013 respectively. He is also the awardee of the Natural Science Award of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of China, the Impactful Publication Award and the Khwarizmi International Award (KIA).