Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

(In order of presentation)


Prof. WANG Jun
Founder and CEO of GeneHarbor (Hong Kong) Biotechnologies Ltd.
Adjunct Professor, School of Life Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. WANG, PhD (Molecular Biology), University of Winconsin-Madison, was a staff in the Biochemistry Department of the CUHK during 1992-2003. He is currently the founder and CEO of GeneHarbor (Hong Kong) Biotechnologies Ltd., and adjunct professor at the CUHK. Focusing on the development of in vitro enzymatic synthesis, he has been working in universities, biotech companies in China, USA, Australia and Hong Kong for over 40 years, and is the inventor and co-inventors of more than 80 patents. Dr. WANG is a tutor of HKX Technology Fund and member of Research Projects Assessment Panel of Innovation & Technology Fund (ITF) of HKSAR.


Prof. LAM Hon Ming
Professor, School of Life Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor LAM is a native Hong Kong scientist obtaining his BSc and MPhil in Biology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). After receiving his PhD degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Northwestern University in Chicago, he worked as a research scientist at New York University, before returning to his alma mater in 1997. Prof. LAM is currently a Professor in the School of Life Sciences at CUHK and also the Director of the Molecular Biotechnology Program. Concurrently, he serves as the Director of the Partner State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology (CUHK), a national level research center approved by Ministry of Science and Technology, PRC. Recently, he leads a team of plant and agricultural researchers and successfully secured funding from the RGC Area of Excellence (AoE) Scheme to establish the UGC AoE-Center for Genomic Studies on Plant-Environment Interaction for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. Prof. LAM has extensive publications in renowned science journals including Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, Nature Plants, PNAS, Lancet, and etc. His vision is to combine state-of-the-art technology with traditional wisdom of field breeders, and contribute to food security, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable environment.


Prof. XIAO Xudong
Professor, Department of Physics
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor XIAO received his Ph. D. degree in physics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. After his further training in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a post doctorate fellow, he joined the Department of Physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1994, where he directed his research in surface science and nano science with both optical techniques and scanning probe microscopies. In 2007, Prof. XIAO moved to the Chinese University of Hong Kong and branched his research to photovoltaic solar energy. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Yong Scientist Fund, Chinese National Science Foundation, 2004 and an awardee of “Thousand Talents Scheme”, China, 2010. Prof. XIAO has made various contribution to surface science, nano science and renewable energy science and engineering, including inventing linear optical diffraction method for detecting submonolayer surface diffusion, discovery of room temperature “ice-like” water structure, developing quantitative tribology at nanoscales, experimentally demonstrating quantum capacitance of nano-junctions, discovery of pseudogap state in the nano-island of conventional superconductors, and successful fabrication of the best efficiency Cu(InGa)Se2 solar cell in Great China Region. In addition to the lab device fabrication and physics study of various thin film solar cells, Prof. XIAO is also leading a team to develop instrumentation and production lines for manufacture Cu(InGa)Se2 thin film solar panels in China.


Prof. CHAN Hon-Fu Raymond
Choh-Ming Li Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor CHAN graduated with First Class Honors from the Department of Mathematics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He then obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics in New York University. Prof. CHAN began his career as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. With heart and mind always in Hong Kong, he came back to Hong Kong in 1986, first at The University of Hong Kong (1986-92) and then at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1993) before joining his alma mater in 1993.
Prof. CHAN has published 130 journal papers and has been in the ISI Science Citation List of Top Highly-Cited Mathematicians in the world (2001 List). He won a Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis in 1989; a Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing in 1997; a Morningside Award in 1998; and 2011 Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (First Prize) from the Ministry of Education in China. He was elected a Fellow of the US Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians (SIAM) in 2013 and a SIAM Council Member for 2015-20. His research interests are in numerical linear algebra, image processing and financial mathematics.


Prof. YU Chai Mei Jimmy
Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor YU received a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from the University of Idaho in 1985. He taught in the USA before joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1995. Prof. YU is now Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemistry, Head of United College and Associate Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability. As a leading scientist in the field of photocatalysis, Prof. YU appears on the lists of Highly Cited Researchers 2016 in both Chemistry and Materials Science. The editorial of Chemistry of Materials on 10 March 2015 was dedicated to Prof. YU as he “had an enormous impact on the many areas that use TiO2”.