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Principle Investigator

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Chaogu Zheng, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor (2018-)

School of Biological Science, The University of Hong Kong



Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University (2015-2018)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, City University of New York (2016-2017)



Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Columbia University (2015)                                                

M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biophysics, CAS (2009) 

B.S. in Biotechnology, University of Science and Technology of China (2006) 

Postdoctoral Fellows
Fuqiang Ma

Ph.D. at Beijing Institute of Genomics, CAS (2018)


Dr. Ma works on identifying the genetic mechanism of the evolution of neuronal diversity and the genomic basis of adaptation in C. elegans wild-isolates.

Mengyu Zhang

Ph.D. at Ocean University of China (2023)


Dr. Zhang works on using metabolomics to identify bacterial metabolites that reuglate host neurodegeneration. 

Graduate Students
Ho Ming Terence Lee (2020-)

B.S. at King's College London


Terence works on investigating alternative mRNA splicing in regulating neurite growth.

Siyu Deng (2020-)

B.S. at Cornell University;

M.S. at Columbia University

Siyu (a UPF awardee) works on how the formation of syncytium affects cell fate decision.

Rui Wang (2021-)

B.S. at Shandong University;

Rui (a HKU-SZBL joint student) works on the trafficking and regulation of TMC channels.

Haoming He (2022-)

B.S. at Shantou University

M.S. at Tel Aviv University

Haoming (a UPF awardee) works on synaptic formation and circuit assembly.

Dongyao Liu (2022-)

B.S. at Northwest A&F University

Dongyao works on the evolution of toxin-antidote elements in C. elegans

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Kam Ue Roy Li (2020-)

B.S. at The University of Hong Kong

Roy works on the regulation of lipid metabolism by bacterial diet in C. elegans 

Qiao Ran (2021-)

B.S. at Hunan University;

M.S. at University College London


Qiao works on developing chemical method for cell-specific proteomics and interactomics

Kailee Hoikiu Poon (2022-)

B.S. at The University of Hong Kong

Kailee works on the maternal effects of mutations that affect postembryonic neuronal migration

Hui Yuan Lim (2022-)

B.S. at The University of Hong Kong

Hui Yuan (a HKU-PS & HKPF awardee) works on the mechanism of mRNA axonal transport

Meigui Yang (2023-)

B.S. at Henan University of Technology

M.S. at Wuhan University

Meigui works on the effects of bacterial LPS on neurodegeneration

Jialing Yin (2023-)

B.S. at Hunan Agricultural University

M.S. at Jinan University

Jialing (a HKU-SZBL joint student) works on the role of scramblase in channelopathies and neurodegeneration

Research Assistants
Angela Ting Hay Fan

B.S. at The University of Hong Kong

Angela works on the effects of bacterial lysozyme inhibitors on host neurodegeneration

Harikrishna Gadicherla

B.Tech. at NIT, Raipur, India

M.Tech. at IIT, Guwahati, India

Hari works on the cell-non-autonomous mechanisms regulating axonal growth and guidance

 Lilly Noune Bouvarel

Graduate Engineer at The University of Paris

Lilly works on analyzing genomic synteny and builds webpages for data visualization

Tiannuo Li

B.S. at Anhui University

M.Res. at Imperial College London

Tiannuo works on building a reporter system to label and activate specific neurons in C. elegans

Undergraduate Students
Nathan Hin Hang Choi, HKU, 2023-2024, FYP; 2023, Summer Research Program; 2022, SRF
Eugenia King Hin Fong, HKU, 2023, Research Intern.
Lab Alumni
Past Graduate Students
Yu-Ming Lu, 2019-2023, PhD student
Past Staff
Chenyin (Cherry) Wang, 2018-2023, Postdoctoral fellow => Scientific Officer at PolyU

Kelly Wing Ka Lo, 2022-23, Research Assistant => MSc program at King's College London
Alvin Chun Yin Lau, 2020-22, Research Assistant
Past Undergraduate Students
Tasnim Islam, HKU, 2022, Summer Internship Student
Rachel Telford, HKU, 2021-22, FYP

Sehong Kim, HKU, 2020-21, FYP => PhD program at HKUST
Sophie Yin Lam Wong, HKU, 2020-21, FYP
 => MSc program at U Glasgow
Peter Yu-Po Huang, HKU, 2019 fall
Alice Wing Yan Leung, HKU, 2019 fall
Dion Yelim Do, HKU, 2019
Siegmund Lai, UC Davis, 2019 summer
Man Chun ​George Chu, HKU, Biochemistry, 2019 summer
Chiu Fan Michael Kai, HKU, Biochemistry, 2019 summer

Peyton Groves, UC Berkeley exchange student, 2019 spring
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