Department of Ophthalmology


Research Questions

  • How do we prevent blindness?
Researchers at Department of Ophthalmology
Research Areas

1. Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

  • Improving outcome of glaucoma interventions:
    • Augmentation and modification of trabeculectomy
    • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries
    • Effect of long-term glaucoma medications on subsequent glaucoma surgery
  • Cataract surgery:
    • Patient experience
    • Outcome measurements and improvements
 
Supervisor(s)

Dr JCH Chan

 

2. Improving Outcome of Glaucoma Interventions

  • Augmentation and modification of trabeculectomy
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries
  • Effect of long-term glaucoma medications on subsequent glaucoma surgery

 

3. Cataract Surgery

  • Patient experience
  • Output measurements and improvements
Supervisor(s)

Dr JCH Chan

 

4. Biomedical Engineering

  • Building in vitro physiologically representative models: Eye-on-a-chip microfluidic platforms for glaucoma-related and corneal scarring-related studies
  • Contact lens-based devices for theranostics applications
  • Microfluidic-based diagnostic tools for small volume samples
Supervisor(s)

Dr JYK Chan

 

5. Glaucoma

  • Prevention of glaucoma progression with new treatment modalities and lifestyle modification
  • Collagen crosslinking − its clinical application in glaucoma-related diseases and others
  • Enhancement of disease detection and monitoring
  • Myopia control
Supervisor(s)

Dr BNK Choy

 

6. Surgical and Medical Retina

  • Age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease
  • Paediatric retinal diseases
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Medical education
Supervisor(s)

Professor WC Lam

 

7. Paediatric Retinal Diseases

  • Hereditary retinal diseases: investigation, and treatment (including gene therapy)
  • Paediatric retinal diseases
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
Supervisor(s)

Professor WC Lam

 

8. Myopia Prevention

  • Collaborative study investigating the effectiveness of combination therapy
  • Medical Education
Supervisor(s)

Professor WC Lam

 

7. Ocular Surface Oncology

  • Epidemiology of ocular surface tumours
  • Role of micro-organisms in pathogenesis of ocular surface tumours
  • Evidence based practice in management of ocular surface tumours

 

8. Ophthalmic Microbiology

  • Antimicrobial susceptibility of ophthalmic pathogens
  • Microbiology of the ocular surface
  • Antimicrobial stewardship in ophthalmology
Supervisor(s)

Dr A Lee

 

9. Protecting the Eye and the Brain

  • Protecting the developing retina − ocular angiogenesis, retinopathy of prematurity, oxygen-induced retinopathy
  • Protecting the ageing retina − retinal ischaemia/reperfusion injury, diabetic retinopathy
  • Protecting the brain − cerebral ischaemia/reperfusion injury, stroke
  • Bioengineering − cell-based and optogenetics-controlled drug delivery
  • Development of novel molecular and cellular therapeutic approaches for ocular and cerebral diseases
Supervisor(s)

Dr ACY Lo

 

10. Anterior Segment

  • Epidemiology and novel treatment methods in dry eye disease
  • In-vitro modelling of dry eye disease
  • Pathophysiology and treatment of corneal neuropathy
  • Treatment of sight-threatening ocular surface disease

 

11. Retinal Neuroprotection

  • Transcorneal electrical stimulation as a neuroprotective strategy in retinal disease
  • In-vitro modelling of the effect of retinal electrical stimulation
Supervisor(s)

Dr KC Shih

 

12. Clinical Researches in Glaucoma

  • Glaucoma assessments and treatments
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries

 

13. Translational Ophthalmic Researches

  • Novel glaucoma treatment modalities
  • Intraocular drug delivery systems
  • Artificial intelligence on ophthalmic imaging
  • Ocular imaging technologies
Supervisor(s)

Dr JKW Wong

Next Step?

For more information or to express interest to join the research areas, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the description. Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

Research postgraduate studies enquiries specific to the department/school’s research should be directed to the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee:

Dr ACY Lo
amylo@hku.hk

Information on the research programme, funding support and admission documentations could be referenced online at the Research Postgraduate Admissions website.

General admission enquiries should be directed to rpgmed@hku.hk.