Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (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. SONG Chunshan
Dean of Science

Prof. Song received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China in 1982, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from Osaka University, Japan in 1986 and 1989 respectively. He was a Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the EMS Energy Institute at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park in the USA before joining CUHK. His original and innovative research contributions to catalysis, adsorption, CO2 capture and conversion, and energy and clean fuels research have been widely recognised by many awards and honours such as George A. Olah Award and Henry H. Storch Award from American Chemical Society (ACS), Fellow of ACS, Distinguished Researcher Award from ACS Energy & Fuels Division, and Distinguished Fulbright Scholar from the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

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Prof. JIANG Liwen
Associate Dean (Research)

Prof. 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. Prof. 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. KWAN Kin Ming
Associate Dean (Education)

Prof. Kwan received his B.Sc. degree with first class honours and Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Hong Kong in 1990 and 1997 respectively. He then pursued his postdoctoral training and became the instructor in the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in USA. He joined CUHK in 2006 and was awarded the Young Researcher Award in 2008. He also received the Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award twice, in 2009 and 2013, in recognition of his contribution in teaching. Prof. Kwan has been the first Programme Director of the Natural Sciences Programme since 2014. 

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Prof. WONG Hoi Ying
Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

Prof. 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 twice in 2015 and 2020 as a recognition of his outstanding contribution in teaching. 

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

Prof. 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)

Prof. 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.  Prof. 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. YAM Sheung Chi Phillip
Assistant Dean (Education)

Prof. Yam received his B.Sc. in Actuarial Science with first class honours and M.Phil. degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1999 and 2001 respectively. Supported by the two scholarships awarded by the Croucher Foundation, he obtained an MASt (Master of Advanced Study) degree, Part III of the Math Tripos, with Distinction in Mathematics from University of Cambridge in 2003 and a D.Phil. degree in Mathematics from University of Oxford in 2008. During his postgraduate studies, he was awarded with the E. M. Burnett Prize in Mathematics from University of Cambridge, and the junior research fellowship from The Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematics and Physics of University of Vienna.

Prof. Yam joined CUHK in 2010 and received twice a mention of excellent teaching from the United College in 2013 and 2016. He got appointed as a research fellow in the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics of University of Bonn and a Visiting Professor in Department of Statistics of Columbia University in the City of New York. He has been the co-Director of the interdisciplinary major programme in Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science since 2012, and has served as the Chairperson of the Science Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee since 2014. Starting from 2018, he has also been giving regular Croucher science live shows for local primary and secondary school students as a Croucher Scholar.