Research Projects
Effects of Viral Proteins on Endothelial Function

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

The endothelium plays an important role in the regulation of vascular function. Its dysfunction leads to increased vascular permeability and inflammatory responses, thus contributing to the cytokine storm during viral infection. The research project will examine the effects of viral proteins on the characteristics and functions of vascular cells, Experiments will be performed on cultured cells, isolated arterial tissues and in animals, measuring the inflammatory responses, vascular tone as well as the expressions/activities of various signalling molecules.

Professor SWS Leung, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy


For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project 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).

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

HKUMed MBBS students interested in the Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programme may visit the programme website for more information.  

HKUMed UG students interested in the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) may visit the scheme’s website for more information.