Research Projects
High-Fat Diet (HFD) Exacerbates Postoperative Pain via Activation of Peripheral Sphingosine-1-Phosphate Signalling

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying S1P/S1PR1 or/and S1PR3 signalling in HFD mediated pain responses: 

  1. Understanding the molecular and cellular events upon HFD in the postoperative Model.  
  2. Determining whether S1P/S1PR1 or/and S1PR3 play roles in promoting inflammatory responses and neuronal damage. 
  3. Profiling differential gene expressions between HFD incision and ND incision.

Dr JA Liu, Department of Anaesthesiology


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.