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Collaborative Research Fund Committee (2018-19)*

  Title / Sphere of Interest
Professor Paul K L Yu Provost of Revelle College, Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.

Interests in microwave photonics, electronic and opto-electronic devices, and advanced materials for use in photonic devices
Professor Yuri Bazilevs Full Professor of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.;

Interests in Computational Mechanics, Geometrically Exact Methods in Mechanics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Turbulent Flows, Thin Structures
Professor Ralf Bundschuh Professor of Physics and Biochemistry, Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.;

Interests in Biophysics, RNA and protein folding, Sequence analysis, Computational Physics, Polymer Physics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics, Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
Professor Wesley Cantwell Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Liverpool, U.K.;

Interests in composites, polymers, fracture, adhesion, nanocomposites
Professor Gregory P. Carman Distinguished Professor, Director of Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems TANMS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, UCLA, U.S.A.;

Interests in Nanoscale Multiferroic materials, piezoelectric materials, magnetostrictive materials, thin film shape memory alloys, fiber optic sensors
Professor Jiun-shyan Chen William Prager Chair Professor of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.;

Interests in computational solid mechanics and multiscale materials modeling
Professor George T. C. Chiu Professor, Engineering School of Mechanical, Purdue University, U.S.A.;

Interests in Mechatronics; Dynamic Systems and Control; Digital Imaging and Printing Systems; Functional Printing and Digital Fabrication; Robotics; Perception-based Engineering; Human Motor Control; Optimal and Robust Control
Professor Ken P Chong Research Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University, U.S.A. ;

Interests in solid mechanics, experimental methods in mechanics, computational mechanics, structural mechanics, structural dynamics, intelligent structures and smart materials. Strategic planning, education, and research management
Professor Yip-wah Chung, BBS Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, U.S.A.;

Interests in surface science, tribology, design and characterization of lubricant additives, hard coatings and alloys, as well as high throughput synthesis of multi-component systems
Professor Paul Clark Professor of Chinese, School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand;

Interests in Contemporary Chinese popular culture, including film and the Cultural Revolution. Contemporary Chinese history
Professor Yang Dan Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.;

Interests in neuroscience, sleep, neural circuits, cortex
Professor Michael P Doyle Professor and The Rita and John Feik Distinguished University Chair in Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.A.;

Interests in applications with metal carbene transformations, Lewis acid catalyzed reactions, selective catalytic oxidations, and novel dirhodium compounds
Professor C Cindy Fan Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), U.S.A.;

Interests in population, labor migration, marriage migration, household strategies, regional development and policy, inequality, gender, ethnicity in North America, post-Mao China.
Professor James Fawcett Head of Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

Interests in repairing the damaged nervous system
Professor Barbara Flynn Richard M. and Myra Louise Buskirk Professor of Manufacturing Management, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, U.S.A.;

Interests in World Class Manufacturing, Quality Management, Just-in-time Manufacturing, Operations Strategy, Innovation Management
Professor Piper Gaubatz Associate Department Head, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.;

Interests in urban geography, China, regional development, urban environment, urban form, urban planning
Professor Aaron D. Gitler Professor, Department of Genetics, School of Medicine, Stanford University, U.S.A.;

Interests in mechanisms of human neurodegenerative disease. ALS, Parkinson's disease, frontotemporal dementia. Genomewide screens, model organisms.
Prof Gian Francesco Giudice Department Head, Theoretical Physics Department, The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland;

Interests in Theoretical Particle Physics, Cosmology
Professor Xiaohua Gong Professor, School of Optometry, UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, U.S.A.;

Interests in multidisciplinary approaches in cell and developmental biology, molecular genetics and biochemistry of vertebrate animals, elucidate molecular and cellular mechanisms of the eye development and disease, and to develop novel methods or ideas for delaying or preventing common eye diseases such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration by using mouse genetic models
Professor Min Han Investigator and Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Biology, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A.;

Interests in various biological problems using genetic model organisms.
Professor Xuming He Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan, U.S.A.;

Interests in statistics, bioinformatics, biostatistics
Professor Zhigang He Professor of Neurology, Kirby Program in Neuroscience, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, U.S.A.;

Interests in re-building neuronal circuits for functional restoration after brain and spinal cord injury; developing combinatorial strategies for functional restoration in injury models
Professor Jill Hunter Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, The University of New South Wales, Australia;

Interests in the law and practice relating to criminal trials, evidence and court process, police and prosecution powers and practices, especially from sociological, historical human rights and comparative perspectives
Professor Arieh Iserles Professor, Centre for Mathematical Science, Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

Interests in Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations, Approximation Theory, Functional Equations, Orthogonal Polynomials
Professor Chennupati Jagadish Distinguished Professor, Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Australian National University, Australia;

Interests in Lasers, Photodetectors, Solar Cells, Photonics Integrated Circuits, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, THz photonics
Professor Wei Jia Professor & Associate Director of University of Hawaii Cancer Center, University of Hawaii, U.S.A.;

Interests in Metabolomics, Cancer metabolism, Traditional Chinese medicine
Professor Raymond Kan Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada;

Interests in Portfolio Theory; Empirical Asset Pricing; Computational Statistics
Professor Kay Tee Khaw Professor of Clinical Gerontology, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

Interests in Epidemiology, Public Health, Ageing, cardiovascular disease and nutrition.
Professor Philip T Krein Grainger Endowed Emeritus Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics and Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.;

Interests in power electronics; electric machinery and electromechanics; electric and hybrid vehicle systems; alternative and renewable electrical energy systems
Professor Jay C C Kuo Director, Multimedia Communication Lab, Dean’s Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, U.S.A.;

Interests in multimedia data compression, communication and networking, big visual data analytics, and information forensics and security
Professor Yue Kuo Dow Professor of Thin Film Nano and Microelectronics Research Laboratory, Texas A&M University, U.S.A.;

Interests in nano and microelectronics with special interests in semiconductors and thin films
Professor Ping-yee Law Adjunct Professor , Department of Psychiatry , University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.;

Interests in molecular mechanism of drug addiction, with special interests on the opioid receptor signaling mechanism; examined the trafficking of the receptor, and the structural basis for receptor signaling, including biased agonism; receptor-mediated control of miRNAs, and the control of various aspects of adult neurogenesis by these miRs.- Subsequent behavioral alterations especially in drug memory as a result are examined; also initiated high throughput screens for drug molecules that can alter the opiate motivational withdrawal and subsequent drug memory.
Professor Ting-kuo Lee Group Leader, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan;

Interests in high temperature superconductivity, X-ray diffraction microscopy, biological physics, first-principles calculations
Dr Hui Liao Dean's Professor in Leadership & Management, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Department of Management and Organization, University of Maryland, U.S.A.;

Interests in Leadership, human resource management, creativity, cross-cultural management
Professor Wing Kam Liu Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, U.S.A.;

Interests in Nonlinear finite elements, multiscale methods for materials design and engineering simulation; Linear and Nonlinear Fluid Structure Interactions; Seismic Analysis and Vulnerability of Structures; Computational Nanotechnology; Multiscale Computational Materials Design; Microfluidics and electrokinetics of manipulation and assembly of nano/bio molecules; Modeling of MEMS/NEMS and energy harvesting Devices; Microfluidic electrokinetic assembly of nano- and bio-molecules; Nano-diamond based device for engineered medicine delivery
Professor Fanxin Long Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, U.S.A.;

Interests in molecular regulation of skeletal development, homeostasis and regeneration
Professor Sylvie Lorente Professor, Civil Engineering Department, University of Toulouse-INSA (National Institute of Applied Science), France;

Interests in heat and mass transfer, fluid flows and buildings construction
Professor Gigi Luk Associate Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, U.S.A.;

Interests in bilingualism, cognitive development, lifespan development, neuroimaging
Professor Anita Mak Emeritus Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Australia;

Interests in cultural diversity, international student and immigrant adjustment, adolescent problem behaviours, and stress, mental health, and resilience in education and employment
Professor Maria G Masucci Professor of Virology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), Karolinska Institute, Sweden;

Interests in Hepersvirus infection and pathogenesis, cell remodeling, immune responses
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 Alexandru Morega Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Materials, Machines and Drives, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania;

Interests in electromagnetism, heat and mass transfer, field-substance interactions, energy conversion and sources, structural optimizations, multiphysics modeling
Professor Anil Netravali Professor, Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Cornell University, U.S.A.;

Interests in Smart Textiles, Green materials, Green Composites, Advanced Composites
Professor Thomas J. Overbye Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, U.S.A.;

Interests in Electric Power Systems
Professor Xiaoqing Pan Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering, Professor of Physics, Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of California - Irvine, U.S.A.;

Interests in understanding the atomic-scale structure-property relationships of advanced materials, including oxide electronics, ferroelectrics/multiferroics, catalysts, Li-ion batteries, and photovoltaic materials
Professor Jian Pei Professor, Canada Research Chair, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada;

Interests in Data mining, data science, data engineering, database systems, business intelligence, healthcare informatics
Professor Peter Petraitis Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, The University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.;

Interests in population and community ecology; marine biology; effects of climate change and grazing on grasslands; theoretical ecology
Professor Ada Poon Associate Professor, Stanford Integrated Biomedical Systems, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, U.S.A.;

Interests in developing theoretical underpinnings, engineering platforms, and performing laboratory experiments for realizing implantable microdevices that integrate seamlessly with the human body to provide monitoring of internal organs, restoring health through artificially elicit physiological responses from patterns of electrical stimulation (known as electroceuticals), and augmenting biological functions to enhance human capabilities.
Professor Jerry W Shay Professor of Cell Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, U.S.A.;

Interests in cancer, aging, regenerative medicine, stem cells, telomeres, telomerase
Professor Chi-wang Shu Theodore B. Stowell University Professor of Applied Mathematics, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, U.S.A.;

Interests in Numerical solutions of partial differential equations, applied mathematics, computational physics, computational fluid dynamics
Professor C K Shum Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, Division of Geodetic Science, School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.;

Interests in satellite geodesy, sea-level, satellite oceanography & hydrology; geodynamics and ice mass balance
Professor Jay Siegel Dean, School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Professor, Molecular Science and Medicinal Chemistry Department, Tianjin University, China;

Interests in stereochemistry and physical organic chemistry
Professor Geoffrey L Smith Professor and Head of Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

Interests in poxviruses, specifically vaccinia virus, the live vaccine used to eradicate smallpox
Professor Richard Strugnell Professor of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia;

Interests in Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Professor David Takeuchi Professor and Dorothy Book Scholar, Associate Dean for Research, SSW, Boston College, U.S.A.;

Interests in social, structural, and cultural contexts associated with different health outcomes, especially among racial and ethnic minorities, the use of health services in different communities
Professor Hong Tang Llewellyn West Jones, Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics School of Engineering & Applied Science; Yale University, U.S.A.;

Interests in Nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS), classical and quantum optomechanics, integrated quantum optics, microfluidics embedded nanosensor development
Professor Christopher Tout Professor of Stellar Evolution, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

Interests in the theory of stellar evolution including that of interacting binary stars. Fluid and magnetohydrodynamic processes in stars.
Professor Cun-yu Wang Associate Dean & Chair, School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.;

Interests in molecular and epigenetic regulation of tumor invasive growth and metastasis; Cancer stem cells; Oral infection and inflammation; Adult stem cells and bone regeneration
Professor Yinsheng Wang Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.;

Interests in (i) mass spectrometry-based bioanalytical chemistry, with emphasis on quantitative proteomics, post-translational modifications of proteins, chemical proteomics, and DNA adduct analysis; (ii) Synthetic chemistry, with emphasis on the synthesis of modified nucleosides and nucleic acids; (iii) Molecular biology: with interests in understanding the biological consequences and repair of DNA damage; and (iv) Epigenetics: with focus being placed on understanding the biological consequences of post-translational modifications of core histone proteins and post-transcriptional modifications of RNA
Professor Zhiyong Wang Staff Scientist of Plant Biology, Stanford University, Carnegie Institution for Science, U.S.A.;

Interests in signaling networks that mediate plant growth responses to hormonal and environmental signals; plant growth-promoting hormones brassinosteroid, gibberellin, and auxin, as well as plant responses to light, temperature, and pathogens; receptor kinase signaling pathways, transcription factors and transcription network, and use broad approaches including molecular genetics, genomics, and proteomics
Professor Tim Wright Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities, The University of Western Australia, Australia;

Interests in modern Chinese economic and social history; political economy of contemporary China, with special reference to the coal mining industry
Professor Dapeng Oliver Wu Professor, IEEE Fellow of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Florida, U.S.A.;

Interests in networking, communications, signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, smart grid, and information and network security
Professor Weiping Wu Professor & Director, Urban Planning Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, U.S.A.;

Interests in urban dynamics in developing countries in general and China in particular; global urbanization with a specific expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities
Professor Yushan Yan Distinguished Engineering Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, U.S.A.;

Interests in Electrochemical energy devices such as fuel cells and flow batteries; Electrocatalysis and polymer electrolytes; Interfacial electrochemistry
Professor Hongtao Yu Professor, Department of Pharmacology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, U.S.A.;

Interests in combining cell biological, biochemical, and biophysical methods; to understand cellular mechanisms governing genomic stability at the molecular and atomic levels.
Professor Shou-wu Zhang Professor, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University, U.S.A.;

Interests in number theory, arithmetic algebraic geometry
Professor Tian-cheng Zhang Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln at Omaha Campus, U.S.A.;

Interests in 1) Alternative energy sources/low carbon technologies; 2) nanotechnology and its environmental applications; 3) non-point source pollution control technologies; and 4) micro-scale environmental conditions.
Professor Xiaodong Zhang Robert M. Critchfield Professor in Engineering and Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.;

Interests in data management in computer and scalable systems
Professor Chunfeng Zhao Professor of Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Orthopedics Surgery, The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, U.S.A.;

Interests in orthopedic related research, soft tissue including tendon, ligament, disc, meniscus, or other connective tissues, orthopedic biomechanics, tissue engineering
Professor Song-chun Zhu Professor, Department of Statistics, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.;

Interests in Computer Vision, Statistical Modeling and Computing, Machine Learning, Cognition and AI, Robot Autonomy, and Visual Arts
Ms Jenus Wong Assistant Secretary General (Research)2, UGC

* All Members are outside Hong Kong