Membership of Research Grants Council
Member Title/Sphere of Interest
Chairman
Professor Yuk-shan Wong, GBS, JP

Former President, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, HK

Interests in environmental biotechnology, plant biochemistry and mangrove conservation/utilization

Members
Professor Ronaldo Borja*

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Interests in developing strain localization and failure models for soils and rocks, modeling coupled solid deformation/ fluid flow phenomena in porous materials, and finite element modeling of faulting, cracking, and fracturing in quasi-brittle materials

Professor Wesley Cantwell*

Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

Interests in composite materials, impact, lightweight aerospace structures, advanced manufacturing techniques, environmentally-friendly composites, polymers, fracture mechanics, dynamic properties of materials and smart structures

Professor Wai-yee Chan

Pro-Vice-Chancellor/ Vice President (Strategic Developments), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK

Interests in the molecular genetics of human reproductive and endocrine disorders, biochemical genetics of inborn errors of copper and zinc metabolism, functional genomics and epigenomics of germinal stem cells and scientific journals

Professor Yip-wah Chung, BBS*

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, USA

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 James Fawcett*

Emeritus Professor, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, UK

Interests in repairing the damaged nervous system

Professor Tai-fai Fok, SBS, JP

Emeritus Professor and Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK

Interest in newborn care, especially the prevention and management of respiratory conditions, newborn infection, newborn growth, and medical education

Professor Huajian Gao*

Xinghua University Professor, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China

Interests in solid mechanics, nanomechanics and biomechanics, fracture mechanics, thin film mechanics, mechanics of nanostructured and low dimensional materials, mechanics of membrane targeting nanomedicine, and hydrogen embrittlement

Professor Gian Francesco Giudice*

Head of the Theoretical Physics Department, CERN, Switzerland

Interests in theoretical particle physics and cosmology

Professor Yi-ke Guo

Provost, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK

Interests in data mining, machine learning and large-scale data management

Mr Stephen Wai-chung Ho

Co-Founder and CEO, n-hop technologies Limited, Former Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Technology Committee, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, HK

Interests in telecommunication and broadcasting, science and technology, and environmental matters

Professor I-ming Hsing

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK

Interests in nucleic acid based bioengineering, biosensors, point of care diagnostics, nanobiotechnology, electrochemistry and electroanalysis, flexible implantable bioelectronics, and chemical engineering

Professor Mingming Leng

Chair Professor of Computing and Decision Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Lingnan University, HK

Interests in game theory, operations and supply chain management, and interface between operations and other disciplines

Professor Wing-kam Liu*

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Civil and Environmental Engineering and (by courtesy) Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, USA

Interests in development of multiscale theories, methods, and software for the design and analysis of large scale engineering material systems, materials design, manufacturing, bio-sensing, and drug delivery

Professor Tai-lok Lui, JP

Chair Professor of Hong Kong Studies, Department of Asian and Policy Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, HK

Interests in class analysis, urban sociology, economic sociology and Hong Kong studies

Professor Gigi Luk*

Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Canada

Interests in bilingualism, cognitive development, lifespan development and neuroimaging

Professor Miles Padgett*

Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy (Physics and Astronomy), University of Glasgow, UK

Interests in optical physics and in particular optical momentum

Professor Johnny Ming-lun Poon

Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research), Dr. Hung Hin Shiu Endowed Professor in Music, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

Interests in interdisciplinary research and creative practice, baroque repertoire and performance practice, and orchestral studies

Professor Daniel Tan-lei Shek, SBS, JP

Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

Interests in positive youth development, family process, scale development, quality of life, programme evaluation, addiction and spirituality

Mr Hendrick Sin, MH

Co-founder, Executive Director and Vice Chairman, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group Limited, China

Interests in finance (including banking, securities, accountancy and insurance), science and technology, and youth matters

Professor Kellee S Tsai

Dean and Chair Professor, School of Humanities and Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK

Interests in China in comparative perspective, political economy of development, theories of comparative politics, domestic politics of Contemporary China; politics of international development; comparative democratization, China and the Global political economy

Professor Rosalie L Tung*

The Ming and Stella Wong Professor of International Business, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Interests in comparative and cross-cultural management, strategies for international business, international human resources management, Asia-Pacific business and international business negotiations

Professor Alice Sze-tsai Wong

Associate Vice-President (Research), Interim Director and Chair Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong, HK

Interests in cell adhesion dynamics, receptor tyrosine kinases and signal transduction, mechanobiology, molecular basis of tumor invasion and metastasis, drug discovery and development

Professor Nancy Wong*

Chair and Professor of the Department of Consumer Science, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Interests in the influence of culture in consumption decisions, affective responses, and consumption values such as materialism; exploring methodological issues in cross-cultural research; consumer decisions in healthcare, personal finance and sustainable consumption

Professor Sean Xin Xu*

Starr Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Associate Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China

Interests in digital enablement and digital transformation, IT governance, analytics, IT business value, IT strategy and e-commerce

Professor Nieng Yan*

Founding President, Shenzhen Medical Academy of Research and Translation, University Professor, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Interests in structural biology of membrane transport proteins, with a focus on glucose transporters and voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels

Mr Peter King-shun Yan, JP

Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, HK

Interests in science and technology, telecommunication and broadcasting, trade, transport and logistics, and finance (including banking, securities, accountancy and insurance)

Professor Michael Mengsu Yang

Senior Vice-President (Innovation and Enterprise), City University of Hong Kong, HK

Interests in the development of biochip technology and nanotechnology for molecular diagnostics and therapeutic applications

Professor Hongtao Yu*

Chair Professor and Dean of School of Life Sciences, Westlake University, Hangzhou, China

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

Professor Jie Zhang*

Former Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

Interests in high energy density physics, laser fusion physics and laboratory astrophysics

Ex-officio Member
Professor Charles Surya

Science Advisor, Innovation and Technology Commission, HK

Secretary
Mr Mike Ng

Deputy Secretary-General (2), UGC

* Non-local members