Dr. Carmen Wong obtained her BSc degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia in Canada. After finishing her undergraduate study, her growing interests in science motivated her to explore biomedical research. She decided to return to her home country and pursue her MSc study in Biotechnology in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She further completed her PhD degree in the Department of Pathology, the University of Hong Kong, where she developed strong interests and passion in cancer research. Her PhD study has brought her the best PhD thesis awards and the Hong Kong Young Scientist Award. After her PhD study, she received the Croucher Foundation Fellowship and obtained her post-doctoral training from a renowned scientist, Professor Gregg Semenza, in the Johns Hopkins University, studying the roles and molecular mechanisms of hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) in breast cancer progression. Hypoxia is a common pathological feature in cardiovascular diseases, ischemia (e.g. stroke, limb, and retinal ischemia), and cancer. Hypoxia, through the stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs), stimulates a wide repertoire of events that promote cancer growth. Two hypoxia-mediated events that caught her attention include metabolic reprogramming and tumor microenvironment formation. After returning to Hong Kong, Dr. Wong became a principal investigator and her team is intensively studying these two research areas in a fatal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, which is particularly prevalent in hepatitis B virus endemic regions including Hong Kong. More excitingly, Dr. Wong’s research team is beginning to unravel the tight relationship between metabolic reprogramming and tumor microenvironment formation, two seemingly unrelated disciplines, in cancer development.

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Dr WONG Chak Lui, Carmen

Assistant Professor

Science lover.

No time for other hobbies until retirement.

Our Team
TSE Pui Wah, Aki
TSE Pui Wah, Aki

Lab manager Handmade crafts, origami, air dry clay & crochet

Dr. ZHANG Shuo, Misty
Dr. ZHANG Shuo, Misty

Post-doctoral fellow Calligraphy & painting

Dr. YANG Chunxue
Dr. YANG Chunxue

Post-doctoral fellow Hiking & movies

Dr. LEE Derek
Dr. LEE Derek

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Dr. CHAN Yuen Ki, Cerise
Dr. CHAN Yuen Ki, Cerise

Post-doctoral fellow Jogger & dessert lover

Dr. KWAN Kin Leung, Kenneth
Dr. KWAN Kin Leung, Kenneth

Post-doctoral fellow Reading & hiking

CHEU Wing Sum, Jacinth
CHEU Wing Sum, Jacinth

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YUEN Wai Hin, Vincent
YUEN Wai Hin, Vincent

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WONG Po Yee, Bowie
WONG Po Yee, Bowie

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CHEN Yiling, Carrie
CHEN Yiling, Carrie

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TAN Ge Hui
TAN Ge Hui

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Deng Haijing
Deng Haijing

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BAO Hao Ran, Macus
BAO Hao Ran, Macus

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Alumni

Dr. CHIU Kung Chun, David PhD graduate

Dr. XU Mingjing, Iris PhD graduate (co-supervision)

Dr. GOH Chi Ching Post-doctoral Fellow

CHUI Nog Qin, Noreen MPhil graduate

LAI Kit Ho, Robin MPhil graduate

AU-YEUNG Yee Man, Betty MBBS intern