Department of Ophthalmology

Research Questions

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

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 

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

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

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

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

7. Paediatric Retinal Diseases

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

8. Myopia Prevention

  • Collaborative study investigating the effectiveness of combination therapy
  • Medical Education

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

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



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

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

Dr JKW Wong

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:


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

Our Students

JIA Shuo

Place of Origin: China
Progress: PhD Year 3
Supervisor: Dr JCH Chan




June 2021