Research Projects
Novel Therapeutic Targets and Mechanisms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Treating Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers and Metabolic Disorders

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

The study aims to understand the complicated mechanisms and molecular connection underlying the efficacy of TCM and natural compounds. Our lab is committed to the full use of modern technologies and multidisciplinary platforms to conduct innovative study of TCM, and has been actively engaged in the basic science and translational research on the prevention and treatment of human GI cancers and metabolic disorders using Chinese herbal medicine.


Major research areas

  1. Establishment of molecular landscape in TCM diagnosis of human GI cancers and metabolic disorders;
  2. Identification of new therapeutic targets of natural compounds and TCM in human GI cancers and metabolic disorders;
  3. Discovery of potential lead from natural resources for the treatment of human GI cancers and metabolic disorders.


Examples of projects

  1. Identification of novel targets and Chinese Medicine therapies to improve the efficacy of targeted therapies in HCC;
  2. Investigation on the immune and metabolic mechanisms of post-surgical recurrence of HCC and discovery of effective Chinese Medicine treatment;
  3. Delineation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of liver carcinogenesis and development of prevention strategy from Chinese Medicine.

Professor N Wang, School of Chinese Medicine


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.