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University Postgraduate FellowshipS Scheme (2016-17)

  • HKU Foundation Postgraduate Fellowships

  • Jessie Ho Memorial Postgraduate Fellowships

  • Lee Shau Kee Postgraduate Fellowships

  • Philip K H Wong Foundation Postgraduate Fellowships

University Postgraduate Fellowships are awarded to competitively selected new full-time PhD students who have excellent academic records.  To raise the University’s research profile and increase its ranking among the top universities in the world, it is important for the University to expand the size of its research postgraduate population.  This Postgraduate Fellowships scheme was first introduced in 2007 and serves the purpose of attracting high-calibre applicants from around the world for admission to our various PhD programmes.  To date, 389 outstanding students have been awarded the fellowships. 



The University Postgraduate Fellowships Scheme is generously supported by The University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research (“HKU Foundation”), the Jessie & George Ho Charitable Foundation, Dr Lee Shau Kee, and the Philip K H Wong Foundation. The list of fellowship recipients are as follows:

HKU Foundation Postgraduate Fellowships

Faculty of Business and Economics

Miss WEI Xing (School of Economics and Finance)

Research Field: Economics

Mr ZHANG Yupu (School of Economics and Finance)

Research Field: Finance
Faculty of Education

Miss BI Xin

Research Field: EAP/ESP, Teacher’s Identity, Professional Development, Reflective Practices, Online Community of Practice, Critical Discourse Analysis

Ms LI Xiuhan

Research Field: Interactive Courseware Development, Flipped Classroom

Miss RUAN Nian

Research Field: Higher Education, Comparative Education
Faculty of Engineering

Mr WAN Hanlong (Department of Civil Engineering)

Research Field: Construction Engineering and Management

Mr CHEN Guanying (Department of Computer Science)

Research Field: Computer Vision

Miss HUANG Wanjun (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Research Field: Power Systems

Mr LI Mengmou (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Research Field: Networked Control Systems

Mr LIU Chenyang (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Research Field: IBR, Depth Acquisition and Estimation

Miss WU Muyan (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Research Field: Environmental Engineering

Mr ZHOU Zhiwen(Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Research Field: Organic Thermoelectric
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Mr HUANG Enyu (Department of Medicine)

Research Field: Cancer Biology of Leukemia and Lymphoma

Ms ZHOU Yawen (Department of Medicine)

Research Field: Obesity and Metabolic Disorders

Miss CHEN Pin (Department of Microbiology)

Research Field: Influenza and Epstein-Barr Viruses (EBV)

Mr LUK Tzu Tsun (School of Nursing)

Research Field: Child Health and Substance Abuse

Miss XIE Chenyi (School of Public Health)

Research Field: Influenza Molecular Virology
Faculty of Science

Mr WANG Fuzerong (Department of Chemistry)

Research Field: Chemical Biology

Mr WANG Zhenggang (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science)

Research Field: High Dimensional Statistics

Mr YOU Jia (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science)

Research Field: Data Mining, Machine Learning, Multivariate Inference, High-dimensional Analysis

Mr CHEUNG Wai Yin (School of Biological Sciences)

Research Field: Marine Biology and Oceanic Science
Faculty of Social Sciences

Miss LIN Yi (Department of Geography)

Research Field: Ecosystem Services of Natural Resources

Mr TSOI Ka Ho (Department of Geography)

Research Field: Transport Planning

Miss LING Jiefan (Department of Psychology)

Research Field: Clinical and Health Psychology
Jessie Ho Memorial Postgraduate Fellowships

Faculty of Architecture

Miss FU Yafan (Department of Real Estate and Construction)

Research Field: Construction Management
Faculty of Education

Mrs GHOSH Pubali

Research Field: Shadow Education
Faculty of Engineering

Mr LI Xiaodong (Department of Computer Science)

Research Field: Database

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Miss IU Ho Ting Venice (Department of Microbiology)

Research Field: Novel Antimicrobials

Miss LIU Hei Man (Department of Pathology)

Research Field: Molecular Cancer Biology

Mr MAK Chi To (School of Public Health)

Research Field: Motor Control and Learning, Fall Rehabilitation in Elderly People
Faculty of Science

Mr CHENG Yu Hong (Department of Chemistry)

Research Field: Analytical Chemistry

Mr CHUN Ka Him (Department of Chemistry)

Research Field: Analytical Chemistry

Mr ZHENG Yufen (Department of Chemistry)

Research Field: Organic Synthesis
Faculty of Social Sciences

Mr KWONG Ying Ho (Department of Politics and Public Administration)

Research Field: Comparative Politics, Hong Kong and Macao Politics
Lee Shau Kee Postgraduate Fellowships

Faculty of Architecture

Miss LIN Jie (Department of Real Estate and Construction)

Research Field: Urban Political Economy
Faculty of Arts

Mr OUYANG Kaibin (School of Chinese)

Research Field: Modern Chinese Literature
Faculty of Business and Economics

Mr YUAN Hongjie (School of Business)

Research Field: Strategy
Faculty of Engineering

Miss YANG Sibei (Department of Computer Science)

Research Field: Computer Vision

Mr CAO Libing (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Research Field: Electric Vehicles

Mr HASSANI ETEMAD Reza (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Research Field: Communication Engineering
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Ms OENTARYO Marilyn Janice (School of Biomedical Sciences)

Research Field: Neuroscience
Faculty of Science

Mr LEUNG Ka Ming (Department of Chemistry)

Research Field: Inorganic/ Organometallic/ Material Chemistry

Mr LIU Jun (Department of Chemistry)

Research Field: Material Science

Miss WANG Cece (Department of Earth Sciences)

Research Field: Global Change

Mr XIAO Ke (Department of Physics)

Research Field: Condensed Matter Experiment
Faculty of Social Sciences

Miss LAM Lok Man (Department of Psychology)

Research Field: Neuropsychology
Philip K H Wong Foundation Postgraduate Fellowships

Faculty of Architecture

Mrs DEWUNDARA MAHA GALAPPATHTHI ARACHCHIGE Nipuni Madhubhashi Sumanarathna (Department of Real Estate and Construction)

Research Field: Real Estate & Construction
Faculty of Arts

Mr LAU Ting Kwong (Centre of Buddhist Studies)

Research Field: Cultural Histories of the Compilation of Early Buddhist Canon(s)
Faculty of Engineering

Mr WANG Peihua (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Research Field: Built Environment
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Mr HUNG Ting Ngai (School of Biomedical Sciences)

Research Field: Host-hepatitis B Virus Interaction

Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)
Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student were established by the Graduate School in 2002 to give due recognition to research postgraduate students who have submitted a thesis of exceptional quality and demonstrated outstanding performance in other academic aspects. Each year, not more than 10 students will receive this award among hundreds of students who have submitted their thesis during the specific academic year.
Dr CHAN Chee Hon (PhD, Department of Social Work and Social Administration)

Dr EIZENHOEFER Paul Reinhold (PhD, Department of Earth Sciences)

Miss HE Xinjie (MPhil, Faculty of Education)

Dr JU Feng (PhD, Department of Civil Engineering)

Miss KWONG Hiu Tung (MPhil, Department of Earth Sciences)

Dr LI Jun (PhD, School of Biomedical Sciences)

Dr SHEN Jun (PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Dr SOTO Pineda Carlos Enrique (PhD, Faculty of Education)

Dr XIANG Zheng (PhD, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

Mr YAU Tak Wai David (MPhil, Faculty of Dentistry)







RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Dr CHAN Chee Hon (PhD)

Department of Social Work and Social Administration
Thesis Title:

Social Influences on Suicide in South Korea


Supervisor:

Professor P.S.F. Yip, Department of Social Work and Social Administration


Dr Chan’s thesis is based on his research into suicide in South Korea. He has already published four papers from his thesis content in high impact academic journals. His work has attracted international attention, especially in relation to the impact of economic crises on suicide rates, the possible misclassification of suicide, urbanicity and celebrity impact. He has received invitation to present his findings as a guest speaker at a major conference on this topic.

A substantial portion of Dr Chan’s research findings are based on time that he spent in South Korea where he was able to acquire an in-depth understanding of the situation. His topic is very relevant and timely in South Korea and also in the wider context of a number of other high income Asian countries, which between them account for more than 60% of the world’s suicides.  

Dr Chan is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP), HKU.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Dr EIZENHOEFER Paul Reinhold (PhD)

Department of Earth Sciences
Thesis Title:

Subduction and Closure of the Palaeo-Asian Ocean along the Solonker Suture Zone: Constraints from an Integrated Sedimentary Provenance Analysis


Supervisor:

Professor G. Zhao , Department of Earth Sciences


In his thesis, Dr Eizenhoefer proposed a new geological “soft-collision model”, based on his study of the Solonker suture zone, along which the Paleo-Asian Ocean was closed about 250 million years ago.
By carrying out extensive field-based structural, petrological, geochemical and geochronological investigations, he argues that oceanic lithosphere may have been subducted along both sides, forming divergent double-sided subduction zones, and when the ocean was closed, the two continental blocks were welded together – a soft collision, without involvement of continental deep subduction, high-grade metamorphism of continental crust and uplift/exhumation of high-grade metamorphic rocks.
Dr Eizenhoefer’s research has produced a number of high-quality papers in top ranking scientific journals: he is the department’s first PhD candidate to publish a paper in Tectonics, the highest journal in this field. The paper has been cited over 60 times in the past two years, and has been selected by Reuters-Thompson (ISI) as one of the hot papers since 2015.
On the basis of his outstanding performance and high-quality publications during his PhD research, Dr Eizenhoefer was awarded the Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation by the German Government, which gives him financial support for two years of postdoctoral work at The University of Pittsburgh (USA). The “Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow” is a much-coveted internationally recognised honour which confirms his status as an outstanding rising star in the field of tectonic research.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Miss HE Xinjie (MPhil)

Faculty of Education
Thesis Title:

Statistical Learning: A New Perspective on Chinese Orthographic Learning in Normal and Dyslexic Readers


Supervisors:

Dr X. Tong, Faculty of Education

Dr P.S. Yeung, Faculty of Education
Miss He’s thesis addresses an unexplored issue in the field of Chinese developmental dyslexia: whether statistical learning is the mechanism underlying reading difficulties. This issue is both theoretically and clinically significant because it sheds new light on the nature of reading difficulties in different languages, and it helps provide a better diagnosis of children at risk of reading difficulties. Miss He’s experiments are innovative and rigorous in design as they use unexposed print stimuli to test statistical learning in dyslexic children. She also provides a well-grounded theoretical framework based on an extensive review of existing literature on the areas of statistical learning and developmental dyslexia.
The external examiner wrote that he attested to the originality, relevance and impressive quality of the paper and its design. He added, “It reflects the work of an established researcher and demonstrates detailed comprehension of underlying theory of that of a seasoned expert in the field….[it] truly reflects the work of a master scholar.” In addition he praised Miss He’s demonstrated knowledge and appropriate application and interpretation of statistics as they relate to specific research questions and discussion points.

Miss He is currently working at a Hong Kong start-up company as an Assistive Technology Product Designer. She works with therapists, teachers and researchers on designing applications for children with special needs, including communication tools for non-verbal children and games for training social communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders.



RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Dr JU Feng (PhD)

Department of Civil Engineering
Thesis Title:

Linking Microbial Communities, Environmental Factors and Performance of Biological Treatment Reactors Using Metagenomics


Supervisor:

Professor T. Zhang, Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Ju’s thesis makes a significant contribution to the fields of environmental engineering and microbial ecology of biological treatment reactors. Dr Ju enhances our understanding of how microbial communities assemble and function for the stable removal of pollutants and contaminating nutrients. He is one of the first in this field to adapt the latest and most powerful Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to uncover relationships between different members of the microbial community involved in the biological treatment of specific inputs to lab- or field-scale engineered ecosystems.
This thesis fills a gap in the microbial ecology of engineered biosystems, and transits the microbial ecology of bioreactors from a plain description of microbial community components to a framework of potential microbial interactions. Dr Ju points out that from an engineer's perspective, maintaining a rationally assembled microbial community structure (in terms of both diversity and abundance) is critical to sustaining long-term satisfactory and steady performance of activated sludge bioreactors. The microbial community structure of activated sludge strongly depends on biological species-to-species interaction, which can be partially manipulated indirectly via control of certain key operational parameters and physiochemical conditions.
In addition to exposure of these novel ideas and findings in nine peer-reviewed first-author papers in high profile international professional journals, Dr Ju has made presentations at four international conferences and he has three manuscripts already submitted for publication or in preparation. He has also been recently selected as one of the two Award Candidates of the 2016 Young Scientist Award in Engineering Science by Hong Kong Institution of Science. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Department of Surface Waters, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Luzern, Switzerland.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Miss KWONG Hiu Tung (MPhil)

Department of Earth Sciences
Thesis Title:

Potential Offshore Groundwater Reserves in Hong Kong by Characterising Submarine Aquifer-Aquitard Systems


Supervisor:

Professor J.J.J. Jiao, Department of Earth Sciences


For her thesis Miss Kwong utilized an innovative geophysical and geochemical approach in her comprehensive investigation of Hong Kong’s potential offshore groundwater reserves. The results of her research work should interest a broad community of hydrologists and geologists as she provides the basis for feasibility studies on the exploitation of relatively fresh (or brackish) submarine groundwater as a more cost-effective alternative to seawater desalination. The volume of water imported from China is greater than currently needed and the aquifer systems identified in the project can be recharged artificially to store excess water for future use.
To secure original solid data, Miss Kwong extracted pore water from soil samples in cores drilled offshore for conventional geological studies. She showed the existence of approximately 4-6 billion m3 of relatively fresh or brackish water in Hong Kong’s offshore aquifer system. Her findings have been published in a number of publications and were cited in a consultant’s report "Developing a Strategy for Hong Kong's Water Security".
Miss Kwong is now working as a Tour Operator in the Netherlands.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Dr LI Jun (PhD)

School of Biomedical Sciences
Thesis Title:

Detection, Annotation and Prioritization of Human Regulatory Variants in the Genetics Study


Supervisors:

Dr J.J. Wang, School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Y. Hu, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Dr Li’s thesis focuses on identifying and prioritizing human regulatory variation -- currently a very important field. Throughout his PhD studies, he was extraordinarily productive, publishing 19 papers on bioinformatics and genetics, including nine of which he is the first author. Many have had a major impact in the field and in consequence HKU’s GWASdb database attracted international collaboration.
Dr Li’s wide ranging proficiency in biology, computer science and statistics leads him to quick implementation of ideas. He successfully developed a series of bioinformatics applications in human regulatory variations, such as GWASdb, GWAS3D, GWASrap, dbPSHP and wKGGSeq, many of which are widely used in the community. He embarked on a project to understand the interplay between regulatory variants and competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) and prioritized these variants. His efforts have resulted in a number of useful databases and bioinformatics tools.
In the academic year 2014-15, the faculty’s graduate exchange program enabled Dr Li to experience a top academic culture and research environment when he studied in the Department of Statistics, Harvard University. HKU has established collaboration with Professor Jun Liu and Professor Shirley Liu lab for projects including predicting the cell type specific regulatory effect of noncoding variants in gene transcription and detecting genetic variants affecting ceRNA regulation. Since completing his thesis, Dr Li has been a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Genomic Sciences, HKU.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Dr SHEN Jun (PhD)

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title:

Analysis and Synthesis of Dynamic Systems with Positive Characteristics


Supervisor:

Professor J. Lam, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dr Shen’s thesis presents substantial original work concerning the analysis and synthesis of systems with time delay, positivity, or cone invariant property.
Based on the results of these analyses, he uses linear programming tools to examine static output-feedback synthesis problems with the emphasis on optimal gain performance. Owing to their low computational complexity, the established controller design algorithms are applicable for large-scale systems. It is anticipated that the developed theory and control strategies will be useful in handling large scale positive delay systems with improved solvability and lower cost, and also in understanding the system characteristics in other related areas.
Examiners praised Dr Shen’s thesis saying that the results presented have theoretical and practical significance, and commenting on the substantial overall technical depth of his work. Since starting his PhD study in 2011, Dr Shen completed 14 papers and published 8 articles in high quality international journals. This demonstrates an excellent research performance and high productivity. Apart from his research ability, which has led to important results in his chosen fields, he has excellent technical writing skills. From April- July 2014, he was a Visiting Fellow with the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney, Australia. Dr Shen’s academic awards include the University Postgraduate Fellowship 2011-12, and he was named Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student, 2014.
Following completion of his studies at HKU, Dr Shen is working as an Associate Professor in the College of Automation Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Dr SOTO Pineda Carlos Enrique (PhD)

Faculty of Education
Thesis Title:

Empowering Low-Income Ethnic Minority Students in Hong Kong through Critical Pedagogy: Limits and Possibilities in Theory and Practice


Supervisors:

Dr M. Pérez-Milans, Faculty of Education

Dr G. Postiglione, Faculty of Education
Dr Soto’s thesis is one of very few critical ethnographic studies of teaching and learning in Hong Kong by an experienced, passionate and dedicated teacher. He demonstrates how educational research can be transformative for its participants, researchers and the wider community.
Dr Soto argues that ethnic minority students require more than the acquisition of Chinese language: they need empowering education that develops academic literacies and lets them play out their individual and collective abilities to reflect and take action on injustice in the world. Furthermore, this kind of education should happen in solidarity with students of all backgrounds in Hong Kong.
The thesis provides several powerful ways educators can work towards “changing the system” for student empowerment and social justice in education. He provides valuable illustrations, in which the abstract ideas are linked to the concrete setting of teaching and learning in schools.
Based on the actual situations of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong, the thesis makes a political and ethical commitment to social and educational equality for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students. Dr Soto views his doctoral studies as planting seeds for Hong Kong’s future leaders. Since completion of his thesis, he has continued to work for equity in education in Hong Kong. His work has been widely published and a book based on the thesis is in preparation. He collaborates with academics from various universities on research and publication projects and is establishing a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) to work in this field.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Dr XIANG Zheng (PhD)

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Thesis Title:

The Roles of Vγ9Vδ2-T Cells in Epstein-Barr Virus-Induced B Cell Lymphoproliferative Disease


Supervisors:

Professor W. Tu, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Professor Y.L. Lau, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
The key findings in Dr Xiang’s thesis break new ground and have important clinical implications in the treatment of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which infects over 95% of the population worldwide, and is associated with several human malignancies, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a common cancer in southern China. He demonstrates that Pamidronate expanded Vγ9Vδ2-T cells can kill the EBV-transformed lymphoid cell line (EBV-LCL) in vitro and in vivo and Pamidronate is able to control EBV-induced B cell lymphoproliferative disease (EBV-LPD) in humanized mice through a Vγ9Vδ2-T cell dependent mechanism. Pamidronate is commonly used clinically for the treatment of osteoporosis and Paget disease, but Dr Xiang's study provides a strong preclinical proof of principle for therapeutic approach using Pamidronate to boost human Vγ9Vδ2-T cells immunity against EBV-LPD. The use of a human equivalent dose of Pamidronate can effectively control EBV-LPD in humanized mice, suggesting rapid transition to human clinical trials. This “new application of an old drug” potentially offers a safe and readily available option for the treatment of EBV-LPD.
Among his published work is a peer-reviewed first author paper in the high impact journal, Cancer Cell. Dr Xiang has also made a number of important presentations at international conferences.
Dr Xiang is currently a Post-doctoral Researcher in the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in The University of Hong Kong. Drawing from his interests in the field of viral immunology and tumor immunology, he is studying the underlying mechanisms that EBV uses to evade immunosurveillance.

RECIPIENTS OF THE Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (2014-15)

Mr YAU Tak Wai David (MPhil)

Faculty of Dentistry
Thesis Title:

Item Response Models for Child Perceptions Questionnaire


Supervisors:

Professor M.C.M. Wong, Faculty of Dentistry

Professor C.P.J. McGrath, Faculty of Dentistry

Dr K.F. Lam, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science


Mr Yau’s thesis describes the complexity of a measure developed for understanding oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) in young people and establishes good practice that could impact greatly on data analysis in future health related research.
The past two decades have seen growing concern about measuring an individual's OHRQoL. As a healthcare topic, different measurement instruments have been developed over the years and it is essential to assess the psychometric properties of an instrument before it can be adopted appropriately in research.
This study aimed to assess additional measurement properties of short forms of Child Perceptions Questionnaire (CPQ11-14 RSF:8 and ISF:8) using Item Response Theory (IRT). The study also explored factors associated with OHRQoL in 12-year -old children and the change over 3 years by explanatory IRT analysis that provides valuable information to oral healthcare researchers and policymakers. This work has been important in introducing appropriate advanced statistical models (IRT models) in assessing and measuring the psychometric properties of OHRQoL.
During Mr Yau’s MPhil studies, he has been actively involved in a number of other research projects and he has achieved an outstanding publication record. Upon completion of his degree, Mr Yau worked for the HKU Faculty of Dentistry as a Research Assistant. In January 2016, he joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club as a Business Planning Officer in the Football & Lottery Marketing Department.

Li Ka Shing Prizes (2014-15)
The Li Ka Shing Prizes are highly competitive and the recipients are the best of our elite students.
The Prizes were established in 1991. Previously they were awarded every two years to one MPhil and one PhD student in the Faculties of Humanities and Science. The number of prizes increased to two MPhil and four PhD students every year starting from 2005-2006.

Best MPhil thesis in the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences

Mr WAN Morton Teng (MPhil, School of Humanities (Music))
Best MPhil thesis in the Faculties of Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine and Science

Mr LAI Kit Ho (MPhil, Department of Pathology)
Best PhD theses in the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences

Dr CHEN Peng (PhD, School of Business)

Dr FLEMING Kara Kathleen (PhD, School of Humanities (Linguistics))
Best PhD theses in the Faculties of Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine and Science

Dr CHAN Kwun Wa (PhD, Department of Chemistry)

Dr LEE Siu Po (PhD, Department of Pathology)


Li Ka Shing Prizes (2014-15)
Best MPhil thesis in the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences
Mr WAN Morton Teng (MPhil)

School of Humanities (Music)
Thesis Title:

Embodied Meanings in Beethoven's Last Three Piano Sonatas: Opp. 109, 110, and 111


Supervisor:

Professor D.K.L. Chua, School of Humanities (Music)


The music department unanimously agreed to put forward Mr Wan’s thesis for nomination on account of its exceptional quality in making an important contribution to Beethoven scholarship and to theories of embodiment in Western art music. Mr Wan’s interdisciplinary approach combines philosophy, music analysis/theory, performance and Beethoven studies by bringing in the body as a source of knowledge. Few successful examples of such disciplinary integration exist and this thesis renews thinking on musicological methods and approaches at a deep level.
Mr Wan’s substantial and original research integrates the relationship between music and the body, commented internal examiner Dr Y. Kim. External examiner Professor Susan McClary, one of the most prominent musicologists of her generation, commented on “the brilliance of this student” and his “outstanding piece of work. Whether examining musical details, discussing theories of phenomenology, or reflecting on Beethoven's deafness, Mr Wan makes astute observations and offers new approaches to the study of a particularly significant repertory.” She said she would like very much to share this work with her own students and colleagues, so transformative are its points. And she also said that with very little revision, the thesis could be published as a book.
Mr Wan has already had an impressive academic career, and his talent has won him coveted scholarships at some of the world’s most distinguished universities. After completing his MPhil, he enrolled as a graduate student in the musicology (PhD program) at Cornell University.
Li Ka Shing Prizes (2014-15)
Best MPhil thesis in the Faculties of Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine and Science

Mr LAI Kit Ho (MPhil)

Department of Pathology
Thesis Title:

The Clinical Relevance and Roles of NADH Dehydrogenase (Ubiquinone) 1 Alpha Subcomplex 4-Like 2 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Progression


Supervisors:

Dr C.C.L. Wong, Department of Pathology

Professor I.O.L. Ng, Department of Pathology
Mr Lai’s thesis describes his outstanding research into the metastatic mechanism of cancer. He details a conceptual breakthrough in the field of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the fifth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. The high mortality rate is due to the lack of curative therapy and Mr Lai examines the cancer biology of HCC, identifies novel findings and points the way towards effective treatment.
Better understanding of the metabolic reprogramming in HCC is fundamental to the development of targeted therapeutic treatment. Using an advanced genetic approach, Mr Lai demonstrated that genetic ablation of HIF-lα/NDUFA4L2 in different HCC cell lines increased mitochondrial activity and oxygen consumption, resulting in excessive ROS accumulation and ROS-mediated apoptosis. Knockdown of NDUFA4L2 markedly suppressed tumor growth and metastasis in HCC cells and mouse model.
Mr Lai is the first to report the clinical relevance of NDUFA4L2 in human cancers. Using HCC as a cancer model, his study demonstrates that targeting HIF-lα/NDUFA4L2 could dismantle the survival adaptation of HCC cells in hypoxia, paving the way to new HCC therapeutic regimens involving HIF inhibitors. He has also shown that the clinical, scientific, and therapeutic impacts from his findings are applicable to other solid cancers.
Some of Mr Lai’s research data have already been published in high quality international journals, indicating the significance of his work. Determined to dedicate himself to cancer research, he is currently working as a Clinical Research Associate at a Contract Research Organization to assist pharmaceutical companies to conduct clinical trials for cancer patients.
Li Ka Shing Prizes (2014-15)
Best PhD theses in the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences

Dr CHEN Peng (PhD)

School of Business
Thesis Title:

Understanding the Impacts of Product Anthropomorphism on Consumer Information Processing and Consumer-Brand Relationship


Supervisors:

Dr E.W. Wan, School of Business

Professor B.C.K. Yim, School of Business
Dr Chen’s doctoral thesis was rated outstanding by the Thesis Examining Committee. They praised its excellent scholarly work involving multiple researchers at four universities – two in Hong Kong, and at Fudan (China) and Cambridge (UK). Dr Chen is highly productive: within six months after obtaining his doctoral degree at HKU, he produced a number of new papers that have already been accepted for publication in prestigious international journals. His outstanding diligence and excellence in research led to his appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Marketing Department at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Anthropomorphism in marketing means adding humanlike elements to a commercial product or brand. Dr Chen’s ground-breaking study covers the effects of product anthropomorphism on consumers’ attitudes and choices, and also provides implications for marketing practice and consumer well-beings, such as the promotion of healthy eating against that of unhealthy snacks which often use anthropomorphism in their marketing communications.
Internal and External Examiners commented on this as a very impressive and clearly-written thesis that they enjoyed reading. Dr Chen has published five top journal papers and he has received substantial funding grants for his research. He is currently working on multiple projects involving a number of scholars at top international universities.

Li Ka Shing Prizes (2014-15)
Best PhD theses in the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Law and Social Sciences

Dr FLEMING Kara Kathleen (PhD)

School of Humanities (Linguistics)
Thesis Title:

Ideology, Identity and Linguistic Repertoires among South Asian Students in Hong Kong


Supervisors:

Professor U. Ansaldo, School of Humanities (Linguistics)

Professor A.M.Y. Lin, Faculty of Education
Dr Fleming’s thesis reveals the subtle and often impenetrable ways in which language matters stand 'proxy' for matters of race, ethnicity and social class. She examines in depth the nature of linguistic categories such as ‘Cantonese’ and ‘Chinese’ in relation to Hong Kong’s so-called non-Chinese minorities. Despite being bona fide Hong Kong citizens, the label of ‘non-Chinese’ is applied in discriminatory ways even with respect to the linguistic and educational choices made available to them.

The South Asian minorities of Hong Kong are receiving increasing interest in the social sciences and this is the first dissertation entirely based on classroom ethnography to critically and enlighteningly report on this aspect of Hong Kong society, the educational system and issues of language choice and language and identity.


Dr Fleming’s highly original work addresses the intersection of language ideologies and language policies, the concepts of majority and minority social groups, class and ethnicity, the global and the local, and its ramifications for individual language practices in Hong Kong from a holistic perspective.
Dr Fleming’s research findings have been published in international journals and she already has a publisher’s contract for a book based on her next research project on language and nationalism. Currently a Lecturer at the University of Leeds, Dr Fleming was offered the position within six months of defending her dissertation. It is a notable achievement for a newly examined PhD to demonstrate such a promising publishing and lecturing career.


Li Ka Shing Prizes (2014-15)
Best PhD theses in the Faculties of Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine and Science

Dr CHAN Kwun Wa (PhD)

Department of Chemistry
Thesis Title:

Design and Synthesis d8 Square-Planar Metal Complexes – From Photophysics to Supramolecular Assembly, Host-Guest Chemistry and Optoelectronic Applications


Supervisor:

Professor V.W.W. Yam, Department of Chemistry


Dr Chan’s PhD project has integrated coordination chemistry with supramolecular chemistry, involving challenging synthesis and photophysical studies. His research work also covered the characterization, assembly and physical measurements of highly novel luminescent molecular rectangles and supramolecular assemblies and nanostructures and investigation of the growth mechanism of the supramolecular assemblies, oligomers and polymers, as well as OLEO application studies.
Using an impressive and diverse array of techniques including some that are innovative, he obtained results that are important for both basic and applied research. The synthesized complexes should provide insight into new metal-based functional materials. His findings have important implications in sensing and controlled intelligent drug delivery.
In addition, Dr Chan's work demonstrates the innovative use of non-covalent metal-metal interactions as driving forces in the stabilization of hierarchical supramolecular assembly and nanostructures, providing a control over aggregation for the construction of self-assembled molecular architecture and the understanding of the assembly process and aggregate growth mechanism. In addition to covering his own findings, Dr Chan’s thesis thoroughly reviews the background material and makes its relevance to his thesis work clear.
Dr Chan has received numerous prizes and awards, most notably the Hung Hing Ying Scholarship and Hong Kong PhD Fellowship. He is currently working as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, HKU. He is not only highly motivated and hard-working, but also he is always willing to help others. He shows great initiative and independent thinking in his work, which has resulted in over five high-impact articles in high-profile international SCI publications.

Li Ka Shing Prizes (2014-15)
Best PhD theses in the Faculties of Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine and Science

Dr LEE Siu Po (PhD)

Department of Pathology
Thesis Title:

Identification and Characterisation of Novel Driver Genes in Human Gastric Cancers


Supervisors:

Professor S.Y. Leung, Department of Pathology



Dr T.L. Chan, Department of Pathology
Dr Lee’s thesis drew outstanding ratings by all examiners for her breakthrough study of the causes of gastric cancer and its genetic landscape. Novel findings in this thesis are important for understanding the role of putative driver genes in this heterogeneous and deadly disease. Her research has contributed significantly to the identification and validation of new gastric cancer driver genes, specifically the discovery of frequent RHOA mutations in diffuse-type gastric cancer and MUC6 mutations in gastric cancer. Her work on defective RHO signaling in diffuse-type gastric cancer was particularly comprehensive and was supported by functional studies. Given the important and diverse biological functions of the RHO signaling pathway, the findings may have long-term therapeutic implications for the treatment of cancer and other diseases.
The recipient of many awards throughout her academic career, Dr Lee has an impressive list of published articles, including two research papers published in the prestigious and influential journal Nature Genetics. One, published early last year, for which Dr Lee was co-first author, has been widely cited.
Dr Lee is currently working as a Programme Officer at the Croucher Foundation, where she helps co-ordinate and organise scientific events, symposia and science education activities in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (2016-17)
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme was established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009. The HKPF aims at attracting the best and brightest students across the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong.
Faculty of Architecture

Miss LUO Yiling

Miss ZHOU Changchang

(Department of Urban Planning and Design)
Faculty of Arts

Mr THOMPSON Arthur Lewis

(School of Humanities (Linguistics))

Mr PARK Andrew Thomas

(School of Modern Languages and Cultures (European Studies))
Faculty of Dentistry

Mr YANG Weifa
Faculty of Education

Mr VERBEEK Florian

(Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning)

Miss QU Jiaqi

Miss SHENDYAPINA Maria
Faculty of Engineering

Miss LI Yingyu

Miss WANG Yue

Miss YANG Yi

(Department of Civil Engineering)
Mr ZHAO Jinxu

(Department of Computer Science)
Mr QIN Yaxiao

Mr QIU Yongrong

Miss SUN Li

Mr XENOPHON Aleksis Kazubiernis

Miss YI Wenting

(Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Mr NG Ka Tsun

Miss WANG Yan

(Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering)
Miss CHEN Abigail Dee

Miss FAN Chenchen

Mr WANG Qun

Miss WU Runni

(Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Miss GUO Chen

(Department of Clinical Oncology)
Miss LIU Xiaoxi

(Department of Diagnostic Radiology)
Miss XU Lu

(Department of Medicine)
Miss SHEN Jialing

(Department of Pathology)
Mr YIU Jensen Ho Cheung

(Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy)
Miss CHUANG Connie Z.

Miss FAN Ruolin

Mr MUHAMMAD SHARAFUDDIN BIN MOHAMED KHAIRUDDIN

Miss ZHOU Chuying

(School of Biomedical Sciences)
Mr LI Yu

(School of Public Health)
Faculty of Science

Miss CHENG Ruilin

(Department of Earth Sciences)
Mr LI Fei

Mr WANG Zhongjian

(Department of Mathematics)
Mr CYBULSKI Jonathan David

Mr GAN Jiyao

Mr HASSAN Ayon Ahmed

Mr LIU Ming Fai

Mr LUI Cheuk Woon

Miss WANG Hailun

(School of Biological Sciences)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Mr YEUNG Yui Andrew

(Department of Psychology)
Miss ZHAO Qian

(Department of Social Work and Social Administration)




CROUCHER FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS (2016-17)
The Croucher Foundation is a private endowment set up in 1979 and permanently domiciled in Hong Kong, with the objective of promoting excellence in natural science, technology and medicine in Hong Kong. One of the Foundation’s regular funding initiatives is to provide financial support for promising young people in Hong Kong to pursue scientific research at postdoctoral and doctoral levels.
Dr CHAN Chi Shing (PhD, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Dr LEE Ho Tin (PhD, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
HKU – CAMBRIDGE HUGHES HALL SCHOLARSHIPS SCHEME (2016-17)
The Scheme supports HKU graduates and PhD students to pursue Master’s degrees at Hughes Hall of University of Cambridge with the aim of fostering cultural and intellectual exchanges between students from both universities. The Scheme is funded by Doris Zimmern Charitable Foundation, Dr Edwin Leong and Mr Tse Sik Yan. In 2016-17, the following PhD student is is awarded a scholarship and currently pursuing his Master’s studies at Hughes Hall of Cambridge.
Doris Zimmern HKU - Cambridge Hughes Hall Scholarships
Mr LI Yan (PhD, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Fulbright-rGC Hong KonG RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARD PROGRAMME (2016-17)
Starting from the 2002-2003 academic year, the Research Grants Council, in collaboration with the United States Consulate-General in Hong Kong, launched the Fulbright Hong Kong Scholar Programme to support Hong Kong scholars to undertake research and teaching work in the United States.
Mr CHEUNG Ka Shing (PhD, Department of Real Estate and Construction)

Miss LI Jia (PhD, Department of Social Work and Social Administration)

Mr WANG Xu (PhD, Department of Urban Planning and Design)
tHREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION AWARDS (2016)

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition was developed by The University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. This is an academic competition that challenges research postgraduate (RPg) students to explain their research within three minutes to a general audience. The Knowledge Exchange Office and the Graduate School has jointly organized the HKU 3MT® Competition since 2011.



Champion and People’s Choice Award

Miss DU Xiaoxin (PhD, Faculty of Education)
1st Runner-up

Mr TSO Ricky Van Yip (PhD, Department of Psychology)

2nd Runner-up

Miss LAU Yuen Yung (PhD, School of Biological Sciences)
Online People’s Choice Award

Dr GANDHI Akanksha (PhD, School of Biological Sciences)




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