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Principle Investigator


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.

Chenyin (Cherry) Wang

Ph.D. at University of Macau (2018)


Dr. Wang works on modeling neurodegenerative diseases, such as AD and PD, in C. elegans with a specific focus on microbe-neuron interaction.

Graduate Students
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Yuming Lu (2019-)

B.S. at South China Agricultural University


Yuming works on the effects of tubulin post-translational modifications on axonal development and regeneration.

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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

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 topology of TMC channels and their trafficking in cells.

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

Research Assistants
Kelly Wing Ka Lo

B.S. at The University of Hong Kong

Kelly works on lipid metabolism and helps make genetic mutant strains

 Lilly Noune Bouvarel

Graduate Engineer at The University of Paris

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

Meigui Yang

B.S. at Henan University of Technology

M.S. at Wuhan University

Meigui works on the effects of bacterial LPS on neurodegeneration

Undergraduate Students
Nathan Hin Hang Choi, HKU, 2023, Summer Research Program; 2022, SR
Angela Ting Hay Fan, HKU, 2023, Summer Research Program; 2023, Internship
Lab Alumni
Past Staff
Past undergraduate students
Alvin Chun Yin Lau, 2020-22, Research Assistant
Tasnim Islam, HKU, 2022, Summer Internship Student
Rachel Telford, HKU, 2021-22, FYP

Sehong Kim, HKU, 2020-21, FYP
Sophie Yin Lam Wong, HKU, 2020-21, FYP
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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