Areas of Excellence Scheme

Areas of Excellence Selection Panel

Committee Member Title/Institution

Professor Paul K L Yu*

Provost of Revelle College and William S C Chang Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.

Interests in optoelectronic materials, devices and engineering, modern communication, microwave photonics (e.g. transmission of high frequency optical signals and signal processing).


Biology and Medicine Sub-group

Professor Hongtao Yu*

Chair Professor and Dean of School of Life Sciences, Westlake University, P.R.C.

Interests in combining cell biological, biochemical, and biophysical methods, to understand cellular mechanisms governing genomic stability at the molecular and atomic levels.

Professor Xiao-fan Wang*

Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, Duke University, U.S.A.

Interests in surgery, elucidation of molecular nature and signaling mechanisms associated with the initiation of cellular senescence and development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of various types of human cancer.

Professor James Fawcett*

Head of Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Interests in repairing the damaged nervous system.

Professor Tony Gin

Emeritus Professor, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Interests in anaesthesia, pain medicine and pharmacology.

Professor Yibin Kang*

Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, U.S.A.

Interests in functional genomics analysis of mammary gland development, breast cancer initiation, progression and metastasis.

Professor Kay Tee Khaw*

Professor of Clinical Gerontology, Clinical Gerontology Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Interests in epidemiology, public health, ageing, cardiovascular disease and nutrition.

Professor Andrew Lever*

Professor of Infectious Diseases, Head of Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Interests in retroviruses and rotaviruses, pathogen biology and evolution, gene transfer and gene therapy.

Professor Fanxin Long*

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Interests in molecular regulation of skeletal development, homeostasis and regeneration.

Professor Jonas Rosendahl*

Leitender Oberarzt der Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin I, Universitätsklinikum Halle, Germany

Interests in genetic studies in gastroenterology, functional studies of genetic variants (in vitro/in vivo), clinical research in gastroenterology.

Professor Feng Shao*

Investigator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, National Institute of Biological Sciences, P.R.C.

Interests in bacteria-host interaction, innate immunity, inflammation.

Professor Richard Strugnell*

Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Interests in microbiology/immunology interface, and in basic bacterial molecular biology of key microbiological phenomena including bacterial physiology, biofilm development and adaptation to intracellular growth.

Engineering Sub-group

Professor Ronaldo Borja*

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor (By Courtesy) of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, U.S.A.

Interests in theoretical and computational solid mechanics, geomechanics and geosciences.

Professor Jon Longtin*

Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, U.S.A.

Interests in using the unique qualities of laser light for novel measurement of the thermophysical behavior of liquid and solids.

Professor Yiran Chen*

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, U.S.A.

Interests in emerging memory and storage systems, embedded systems, CPS, edge computing and mobile applications, neuromorphic computing, deep learning and systems security, and low power circuit and system.

Professor Roland T Chin

Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Interests in computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition and digital signal processing.

Professor Ning Lu*

Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, U.S.A.

Interests in geotechnical engineering, engineering mechanics, geomechanics, landslides.

Professor Alexandru Morega*

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Machines, Materials and Actuators, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Interests in electromagnetism, electrical and magnetic circuits, processes of heat and mass transfer, energy conversion and sources, mathematical, numerical modeling for boundary and initial condition problems, nonlinear dynamics, biomedical engineering and technology, structural optimization, construction design, modeling interdisciplinary problems.

Professor Honggang Wang*

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, U.S.A.

Interests in internet of things and connected health, Body Area Networks (BAN) and wireless multimedia, multimedia processing and communications, cyber and multimedia security, mobile multimedia and cloud, edge computing, wireless networks and cyber-physical system, big data in mHealth, data engineering and machine learning.

Professor Wei Wu*

Director of Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Interests in ground investigation, numerical simulation, geotechnical expertise, geotechnical design, geohazard.

Physical Sciences Sub-group

Professor Bill Milne*

Emeritus Professor, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Interests in carbon nanotubes, graphene, ZnO thin films and devices, MEMS and sensors, field emission.

Professor Wesley Cantwell*

Director, Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre and Associate Dean for Research, Department of Aerospace Engineering , Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research, U.A.E.

Interests in composites, polymers, fracture, adhesion, nanocomposites.

Professor Grant Allen*

Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester, U.K.

Interests in atmospheric physics, remote sensing, spectroscopy, greenhouse gases, unmanned airborne sensors, air quality instrumentation.

Professor Pedro Alvarez*

George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, U.S.A.

Interests in environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology, bioremediation, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, water treatment and reuse, and antibiotic resistance control.

Professor David Carey*

Professor and Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey, U.K.

Interests in graphene and beyond graphene: 2D Layered Materials, band gap engineering, doping and characterization.

Professor Les Field*

Professor of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Australia

Interests in organometallic chemistry, NMR spectroscopy.

Professor Young Hee Lee*

Director, IBS Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Interests in physics, energy science and nanostructure physics.

Professor Nora Fung-yee Tam

Emeritus Professor of Department of Chemistry, Member of State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Interests in biological waste treatment, bioremediation, mangrove ecology and pollution control.

Professor Yinsheng Wang*

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.

Interests in mass spectrometry-based bioanalytical chemistry, with emphasis on quantitative proteomics, post-translational modifications of proteins, chemical proteomics, and DNA adduct analysis, synthetic chemistry, with emphasis on the synthesis of modified nucleosides and nucleic acids, molecular biology: with interests in understanding the biological consequences and repair of DNA damage, epigenetics: with focus being placed on understanding the biological consequences of post-translational modifications of core histone proteins and post-transcriptional modifications of RNA.

* Members outside Hong Kong