Research Postgraduate Studies
Academic Awards for RPg Students


Croucher Foundation Studentships and Butterfield-Croucher Studentship

The awards offered by the Croucher Foundation Limited are intended to enable applicants who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to devote themselves to a period of full-time study or research in natural sciences, medicine or technology in approved academic institutions in Hong Kong.

The Butterfield Scholarships were established in 2003 to commemorate a former Chairman, the late Lord Butterfield. This is an award for the best Croucher Studentship applicant each year in the medical and biological sciences.

Studentship Information

Year Awardee Affiliation
2018

Mr Lee, Chi Hang

Department of Pathology

2017

Miss Cheng, Yik Ling Bowie

Department of Pathology

2010

Mr Cheung, Pak Hang Peter

Department of Microbiology

2007

Miss Cheung, Man Sze

Department of Medicine

Miss Li, Tin Wai Olive

Department of Microbiology

2006

Miss Hui, Pui Yan Kenrie

Department of Microbiology

2005

Miss Tang, Hoi Ching Eva

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

2004

Miss Wong, Ka Wai Teresa

Department of Psychiatry

2003

Mr Tai, Chi Pang 

Department of Biochemistry1

1 Subsumed under the School of Biomedical Sciences since 2015

Dr KP Stephen Chang Gold Medal

Dr KP Stephen Chang Gold Medal is awarded annually to a HKUMed candidate who has written the best PhD thesis in that academic year.  The major selection criteria are originality, quality of presentation, and merit of the research work.

Year Awardee Affiliation Thesis Title
2018-19

Dr An, Liwei

School of Biomedical Sciences

Role of ring finger protein 169 in DNA double strand break signaling and repair

2017-18

Dr Chiu, Kung Chun

Department of Pathology

The role of hypoxia on myeloid-derived suppressor cell accumulation in hepatocellular carcinoma

2016-17

Dr Lam, Sze Yuen

Department of Medicine

In vitro drug screening identified homoharringtonine (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) as an effective adjunct for treatment of FLT3-ITD acute myeloid leukaemia

2015-16

Dr He, Bailiang

Department of Medicine

Functional study of zebrafish Flt3 in embryonic hematopoiesis with particular reference to modeling human FLT3/ITD AML

2014-15

Dr Xiang, Zheng

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

The roles of Vγ9Vδ2-T cells in Epstein-Barr Virus-Induced B cell lymphoproliferative disease

2013-14

Dr Liu, Ming

Department of Clinical Oncology

Identification and characterization of novel genetic alterations in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma

2012-13

Dr Li, Yan

Department of Clinical Oncology

Identification and characterization of two oncogenes SPOCK1 and AZIN1 in hepatocellular carcinoma

2011-12

Dr So, Hon Cheong

Department of Psychiatry

Genetic architecture and risk prediction of complex diseases

2010-11

Dr Liu, Chenli

Department of Biochemistry1

Formation of novel biological patterns by controlling cell motility

2009-08

Dr Chen, Leilei

Department of Clinical Oncology

Identification and characterization of CHD1L in hepatocellular carcinoma

2008-09

Dr Wong, Chak Lui

Department of Pathology

Regulations and functions of Rho-kinases in hepatocellular carcinoma

2007-08

Dr Li, Sze Wing

Department of Pathology

Profiling of gene expression changes in human colon crypt maturation and study of their dysregulation in tumourigenesis

2006-07

Dr Liu, Baohua

Department of Biochemistry1

Genomic instability and accelerated cellular senescence in laminopathy-based premature ageing

2005-06

Dr Chan, Yuk Yee

Department of Medicine

The role of angiotensin II and angiotensin receptors in the pathogenesis of IgA nephropathy

2004-05

Dr Cheung, Chun Yan

Department of Microbiology

Response of human primary monocyte-derived macrophages to infection with highly pathogenic human influenza A virus subtype H5N1

2003-04

Dr Wong, Ka Ho Danny

Department of Medicine

Quantitation of hepatitis B virus covalently closed circular DNA in chronic hepatitis B patients

2002-03

Dr Jiang, Xiaohua

Department of Medicine

Targeting cell signaling pathway in treatment of gastric cancer by chemotherapeutic agents

Dr Ling, Ming Tat

Department of Anatomy1

The role of Id-1 in prostate development and carcinogenesis

2001-02

Dr Siu, Lai Ping Lisa

Department of Medicine

The molecular pathology of natural killer cell malignancies

2000-01

Dr Dominy, Nathaniel J

Department of Anatomy1

Trichromacy and the ecology of food selection in four African primates

2000-01

Dr Bian, Jinsong

Department of Physiology1

The role of protein kinase C upon k-opioid receptor stimulation in the heart

1999-2000

Dr Lynn, Edward

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

The role of lipoproteins in the development of glomerulosclerosis

1998-99

Dr Xie, Bin

Department of Anatomy1

Sex hormone-induced mammary carcinogenesis in the Noble rat

1997-98

Dr Chiang, Kwok Shing

Department of Pathology

Pathogenetic role of Epstein-Barr virus relation to tumour cell characteristics of nasal T/NK cells lymphomas

1996-97

Dr So, Chi Wai

Department of Pathology

Studies on the mixed lineage leukemia gene and identification of a novel fusion partner gene, EEN, in human leukemia

1995-96

Dr Tao, Qian

Department of Pathology

Cellular localization and gene expression of Epstein-Barr virus in non-neoplastic nasal mucosa and nasal lymphoma

1994-95

Dr Leung, Tze Ming

Department of Physiology1

Immunological studies of a phosphorylcholine-specific antibody using gene transfer techniques

1993-94

Dr Qiu, Bo Sheng

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

A study on the ulcerogenic mechanisms of nicotine on stress-induced gastric glandular ulcers in rats

Dr Ren, Feng

Department of Anatomy1

Immunoneurobiological studies of retinal ganglion neuronotrophic factor and its application in experimental treatment of retinoblastoma

1 Subsumed under the School of Biomedical Sciences since 2015.

Li Ka Shing Prizes

In 1990, Dr Li Ka Shing made a generous donation to the University.  Part of the investment income earned on the donation has been used to establish the Li Ka Shing Prizes, which are awarded annually to up to six MPhil / PhD theses on the basis of academic excellence. 

Year Awardee Affiliation Thesis Title
2018-19

Dr Chen, Mengnuo

Department of Pathology

Dysregulations and functions of RNA modifying enzymes METTL3 and TRMT6 in hepatocellular carcinoma

Miss Yiu, Pei Tung

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Cellular mechanism of reactivation of lytic cycle of Epstein-barr Virus (EBV) by a novel compound, C7, in EBV-associated epithelial malignancies

2017-18

Dr An, Liwei

School of Biomedical Sciences

Role of ring finger protein 169 in DNA double strand break signaling and repair

Miss Ko, Wai Tung

Department of Psychiatry

Semantic networks and their disruptions in psychotic disorders

2016-17

Dr Chiu, Kung Chun

Department of Pathology

The Role of hypoxia on myeloid-derived suppressor cell accumulation in hepatocellular carcinoma

Mr Chong, Chun Kong

Department of Medicine

Role of hepatitis B core and X proteins in HBV transcription and recruitment of histone modifying enzymes to HBV covalently closed circular DNA

2015-16

Miss Cheng, Yik Ling Bowie

Department of Pathology

Functional characterization and therapeutic role of Interleukin-1

Dr He, Bailiang

Department of Medicine

Functional study of zebrafish Flt3 in embryonic hematopoiesis with particular reference to modeling human FLT3/ITD AML

2014-15

Mr Lai, Kit Ho

Department of Pathology

The clinical relevance and roles of NADH dehydrogenase (ubiquinone) 1 alpha subcomplex 4-like 2 in hepatocellular carcinoma progression

Dr Lee, Siu Po

Department of Pathology

Identification and characterisation of novel driver genes in human gastric cancers

2013-14

Dr Liang Qingning

Department of Medicine

Fibroblast growth factor 21 as a novel stress-responsive hormone during starvation and physical exercise

Miss Lo, Jessica

Department of Pathology

Functional characterization and therapeutic implication of CD47 in sorafenib resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma

2012-13

Mr Wong, Hoi Kin

Department of Medicine

New factors that affect adrenomedullin expression

2011-12

Dr Li, Yan

Department of Clinical Oncology

Identification and characterization of two oncogenes SPOCK1 and AZIN1 in hepatocellular carcinoma

2010-11

Dr Liu, Chenli

Department of Biochemistry1

Formation of novel biological patterns by controlling cell motility

2009-10

Dr Chen, Leilei

Department of Clinical Oncology

Identification and characterization of CHD1L in hepatocellular carcinoma

2008-09

Dr Wong, Chak Lui

Department of Pathology

Regulations and functions of Rho-kinases in hepatocellular carcinoma

2006-07

Dr Liu, Baohua

Department of Biochemistry1

Genomic instability and accelerated senescence in laminopathy-based premature ageing

Dr Ma, Kwai Yee Stephanie

Department of Pathology

Identification and characterization of tumorigenic liver cancer stem/progenitor cells

2005-06

Dr Pang, Wen Chi Roberta

Department of Medicine

The role of Pin1 in the pathogenesis of human hepatocellular carcinoma

2003-05

Dr Cheung, Chung Yan

Department of Microbiology

Response of human primary monocyte-derived macrophages to infection with highly pathogenic human influenza A virus subtype H5N1

Mr Ho, Wing Yuen

Department of Surgery

Selective plasma filtration as a liver support system for patients with fulminant hepatic failure

2001-03

Dr Guo, Hong

Department of Medicine

Effects of anti-DNA antibodies on pleural mesothelial cells: in vitro studies to explore the pathogenetic mechanism of pulmonary lupus

Dr Jiang, Xiaohua

Department of Medicine

Targeting cell signaling pathway in treatment of gastric cancer by chemotherapeutic agents

1999-2001

Dr Dominy, Nathaniel J

Department of Anatomy1

Trichromacy and the ecology of food selection in four African primates

Mr Lee, Kin Wah

Department of Pathology

Targeted gene delivery using a receptor-mediated gene transfer system and chemosensitivity in hepatocellular carcinoma

1997-99

Miss Chan, Shuk Yee

Department of Pathology

Expression of angiogenic regulators in gliomas

Dr Chiang, Kwok Shing

Department of Pathology

Pathogenetic role of Epstein-Barr virus relation to tumour cell characteristics of nasal T/NK cells lymphomas

1995-96

Dr Tao, Qian

Department of Pathology

Cellular localization and gene expression of Epstein-Barr virus in non-neoplastic nasal mucosa and nasal lymphoma

1 Subsumed under the School of Biomedical Sciences since 2015.

Award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student

In 2002, the Graduate School established the Award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student to give due recognition to research postgraduate students who have submitted a thesis of exceptional quality and have demonstrated outstanding performance in other academic aspects.

Year Awardee Affiliation Thesis Title
2018-19

Miss Huang, Chor Mei

School of Biomedical Sciences

Investigating the contribution of EBV infection and the roles of miR-BARTs in the development of NPC using humanized mouse models

2017-18

Dr Kulper, Sloan Austin

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Development of anti-migration implants for fixation of osteoporotic fractures of the proximal femur and humerus

2016-17

Dr Ghosh, Shrestha

School of Biomedical Sciences

SIRT6 activities in DNA damage repair and premature aging

Miss Wong, Yun Sum

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

To elucidate the role of macrolides in cardiovascular events: the use of different observational study designs and methodologies

2015-16

Dr Lam, Sze Yuen

Department of Medicine

In vitro drug screening identified homoharringtonine (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) as an effective adjunct for treatment of FLT3-ITD acute myeloid leukaemia

Dr Li, Changxian

Department of Surgery

Mechanisms of hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury and tumor recurrence after liver transplantation

2014-15

Dr Li, Jun

School of Biomedical Sciences

Detection, annotation and prioritization of human regulatory variants in the genetics study

Dr Xiang, Zheng

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

The Roles of Vγ9Vδ2-T cells in Epstein-Barr Virus-Induced B cell Lymphoproliferative Disease

2013-14

Miss Li, Wing Yi Vivian

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Cardiac and arterial function late after repair of aortic coarctation and interruption

Dr Wang, Weixin

Department of Biochemistry2

A fast and accurate model to detect germline SNPs and somatic SNVs with high-throughput sequencing

2012-13

Miss Chan, Jane

Department of Microbiology

Molecular epidemiology of Fosfomycin-resistant Escherichia coli from humans and animals

Dr Liu, Ming

Department of Clinical Oncology

Identification and characterization of novel genetic alterations in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma

Dr Zhou, Jingying

Department of Microbiology

Efficacy and mechanism of PD1-based DNA vaccines in enhancing HIV-1 Gag-specific immunity

2011-12

Dr Lai, Chun Cheong

Department of Microbiology

STD-NMR as a novel method to study influenza virus-receptor interactions

Dr Ng, Sophia

Department of Community Medicine1

The role of antivirals and vaccines in the control of influenza epidemics and pandemics

2010-11

Mr Cheung, Chi Ho

Department of Pathology

Identification of CD47 as a novel therapeutic target for hepatocellular carcinoma

Dr Zheng, Jian

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Generation of human allo-antigen specific CD4+ and CD8+ regulatory T cells with CD40-activated B cells

2009-10

Mr Chan, Ka Shing Kevin

Department of Psychiatry

Theory of mind deficits and paranoid delusions in schizophrenia: A game theoretical investigation

Miss Castilho, Antonia Genevieve

Department of Pathology

Identification of liver tumour-initiating cells using a chemoresistant animal model

Dr So, Hon Cheong

Department of Psychiatry

Genetic architecture and risk prediction of complex diseases

Dr Tang, Sze Man

Department of Psychiatry

Genetic dissection of Hirschsprung's disease

2008-09

Mr Or, Cho Tsun

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Isolation and identification of anti-inflammatory constituent from Ligusticum chuanxiong and its underlying mechanism

Dr Siu, Yeung Tung

Department of Biochemistry2

Activation of TORC1 transcriptional coactivator through MEKK1-induced phosphorylation and ubiquitination

Miss Wong, Hoi Man Emily

Department of Microbiology

Codon usage biases of Influenza A viruses

2007-08

Dr Cheung, Man Sze

Department of Medicine

Characterization of leukemic stem cells in acute myeloid leukemia

Dr Li, Sze Wing Vivian

Department of Pathology

Profiling of gene expression changes in human colon crypt maturation and study of their dysregulation in tumourigenesis

2006-07

Mr Tam, Ka Ho

Department of Surgery

Targeting mTOR as a novel therapeutic strategy for hepatocellular carcinoma

Mr Wong, Chun Wai

Department of Microbiology

Antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli isolated from food animals and humans

2005-06

Dr Cheung, Hiu Wing

Department of Anatomy2

Significance of mitotic checkpoint regulatory proteins in chemosensitivity of nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells

Miss Lam, Kai Yee

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

A study on the role of probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG on gastric mucosal damages in rats

2004-05

Dr Cheung, Chung Yan

Department of Microbiology

Response of human primary monocyte-derived macrophages to infection with highly pathogenic human influenza A virus subtype H5N1

Dr Deng, Wen

Department of Anatomy

Dynamics of chromosome instability in human cells undergoing immortalization

Miss Ng, Man Wai

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Association of B Lymphocyte Stimulator (BLyS) polymorphisms with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Mr Wu, Ka Kei

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

The role of ion channels in gastric mucosal healing

2003-04

Dr Ling, Ming Tat

Department of Anatomy2

The role of Id-1 in prostate development and carcinogenesis

Mr Ho, Wing Yuen

Department of Surgery

Selective plasma filtration as a liver support system for patients with fulminant hepatic failure

2002-03

Dr Leung, Chi Kam Joseph

Department of Medicine

The pathogenesis of IgA nephropathy: the role of IgA molecule and the nature of IgA receptors

Ms Guo, Hong

Department of Medicine

Effects of anti-DNA antibodies on pleural mesothelial cells: in vitro studies to explore the pathogenetic mechanism of pulmonary lupus

Dr Shen, Lijun

Department of Pathology

Immune escape mechanisms in EBV-associated nasal NK/T-cell lymphoma

1 Subsumed under the School of Public Health since 2013.
2 Subsumed under the School of Biomedical Sciences since 2015.