Research Postgraduate Studies
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

  • Digital approach to investigate biomechanics of bone and joint
  • Biomechanical analysis on musculoskeletal system
  • Biomechanics of sports related injuries
  • Biomechanics of orthopaedic implants such as total hip prothesis
  • Orthopaedic implant design and development
  • Biomaterial biomechanics
  • Cell biomechanics and micro/nano-biomechanics
  • Mechanosensing and mechanotransduction in skeletal cells
  • Antibacterial biomaterials for clinical applications
  • Novel micro- or nano-biomaterials for musculoskeletal tissue substitutes
  • 3D bio-printing
  • Novel animal models of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Experimental scoliosis
  • Genetics of degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis
  • Gene functions in articular and intervertebral joints
  • Proteoglycan metabolism in skeletal tissues
  • Bone healing and fracture repair
  • Genetic profiles of bone tumours and cell-biomaterial interfacial biology
  • Developing disease-modifying agents for treating joint degeneration
  • Programming stem cells or progenitors for joint regeneration
  • Role of fibrosis and its control in tissue repair and mesenchymal stem cell-based therapies
  • Big data centre for large-scale population-based and epidemiological studies (back pain, disc degeneration, scoliosis)
  • Scoliosis auto-screening and progression predictions
  • Degenerative lumbar disease auto-diagnosis and progression predictions
  • Surgical outcomes and predictive modelling
  • Risk factor assessment and prediction; novel imaging analytical models
  • Volumetric medical images 3D reconstruction and visualisations 
  • AI biomarker fast-screening
  • "omics" modelling and analyses
  • Data capturing and complex regressions
  • Clinical patient and surgeon outcome medical models
  • Investigator initiated translational research projects with industry collaboration including
    1. Design, development, validation and regulatory application of novel osteoporotic fracture fixation devices
    2. AI software development for machine learning based segmentation of bone models and bone biomechanics
    3. Design and validation of 3D printed AI tools and implants.  Areas include automated and accurate bone modelling allowing fast 3D geometry development
  • Novel point clouds trabecular bone simulation engine providing new tool for robust implant failing simulations and new implant designs
  • 3D modelling and printing for personalised medicine i.e. pre-operative planning and intra-operative guidance for advanced trauma, spine and joint operations
  • Neurophysiological detection, neuroimaging, and neurorehabilitation in orthopaedics and spinal disorders
  • Bioelectrical engineering and biomedical devices in orthopaedics

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Information on selected projects or research areas: Interested candidates are advised to email the relevant supervisors.  Please enclose with your email: (i) your CV, (ii) a brief description of your research interest and experience, and (iii) two reference letters (reference letters not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med] or URIS projects)

Research studies enquiries specific to the Department/School’s research should be directed to the Departmental Research Postgraduate Advisor: Professor WW Lu (

Information on the research programme, funding support and admission requirements could be found on the RPg Admissions website.

General admission enquiries should be directed to

Meet Our Students

HSU Yu-ching

Place of Origin: Taiwan
Progress: PhD Year 3
Supervisor: Dr VYL Leung

“Patience and perseverance goes a long way on your research journey” 

After beginning her research postgraduate career here at HKUMed, Yu-Ching Hsu (Year 3 PhD student in Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology) quickly found herself surrounded by a group of self-driven colleagues who served to be a great source of motivation, but also pressure to perform well, “The research culture here is that everybody is working so hard! The stress sometimes can be a little overwhelming”.

With her research centred on understanding the etiology and pathogenesis of human intervertebral disc degeneration, a typical day in the lab can entail a variety of tasks i.e. refreshing cell culture medium, cell compression, other molecular research steps such as RNA extraction and real-time PCR. Though lab work can be, in her own words, “not always joyful”, Yu-Ching also advises any future prospective researchers to trust the process. 

“Sometimes you may feel bored or even frustrated with failure, but it doesn't mean you are wrong. Just be patient, let all the negative feelings go - keep on trying – until you finally reach your goal."  

June 2021

WANG Yuchen

Place of Origin: China
Progress: PhD Year 3
Supervisor: Prof PKY Chiu




February 2021