Research Areas

Department of Surgery

Why are some people more prone to develop cancers?

How can we know the functions of a gene?

How can we trace cancer cells in mice?

How can we study human cancers in animals?

Major Research Areas

Breast cancer:

  • Breast cancer genetics, biomarkers and translational research.
  • Epidemiological and psychosocial studies in breast disease.
  • Oncological clinical trials.

Contact Person

Dr A. Kwong
Tel: 2255 4773
Fax: 2817 2291

Colorectal cancer:

  • Metastasis and chemoresistance of colorectal cancer.
  • Novel biomarkers for tumour recurrence andmetastasis.

Contact Person

Professor W.L. Law
Tel: 2255 4763 / 2255 4764
Fax: 2872 8425

Endocrine Surgery:

  • Clinicopathologic studies of thyroid carcinoma.
  • Cycloxygenase in thyroid carcinoma.
  • VEGF-C, p16, CDK4 and TGFa in thyroid cancer.
  • Ret-PTC oncogene expression in papillary thyroid carcinoma.
  • Thyroid cancer genetics, biomarkers and translational research.
  • Epidemiological and psychosocial studies in thyroid diseases.

Contact Person

Dr B.H.H. Lang
Tel: 2255 4232
Fax: 2817 2291

Esophageal and gastric cancers:

  • Animal cancer models.
  • Treatment resistance mechanism.
  • New biomarkers and treatments.
  • Epigenetic studies.
  • Bioimaging.

Contact Person (Esophageal cancer)

Professor S. Law
Tel: 2255 4774
Fax: 2819 4221

Contact Person (Gastric cancer)

Professor K.M. Chu
Tel: 2255 4637
Fax: 2819 4221

Head and neck cancers/ENT:

  • Epigenetics.
  • Immunology.
  • Biological therapy.

Contact Person (Head and neck cancer)

Dr J.Y.W. Chan
Tel: 2255 4394
Fax: 2819 3780

Contact Person (ENT)

Dr R.K.Y. Tsang
Tel: 2255 4394
Fax: 2819 3780

Liver transplantation and liver regeneration:

  • Immune-mediated liver injury during liver transplantation.
  • Marginal graft injury during liver transplantation.
  • Biomarker, mechanism and treatment on disease recurrence after liver transplantation.
  • Mechanism and therapeutic implication of liver regeneration.

Liver cancer:

  • Mechanism of hepatitis B virus infection.
  • New biomarkers and treatments for liver cancer.
  • Carcinogenesis, metastasis and chemoresistance of liver cancer.
  • Cancer immunology.
  • Next generation sequencing studies of liver cancer.

Contact Person

Professor K. Man
Tel: 3917 9646


  • Neuro-regenerative therapy.
  • Neurotrauma.
  • Malignant brain tumour.

Contact Person

Professor G.K.K. Leung
Tel: 2255 3368 / 2255 3773
Fax: 2818 4350

Molecular mechanistic study of developmental disorders and cancers commonly found in children

  • Molecular genetic study of Hirschsprung's disease and other related neurocristopathies.
  • Molecular study of enteric nervous system development.
  • Neural crest stem cells biology.
  • Molecular genetic study of anorectal malformations.
  • Cancer study and therapy.
  • Molecular genetic study of biliary atresia.
  • Tumour stem/initiating cells.
  • Nanomedicine in wound healing and regeneration.

Contact Persons

Dr V.C.H. Lui
Tel: 3917 9607
Fax: 2819 9621

Professor P.K.H. Tam
Tel: 2255 4850 / 2255 3536
Fax: 2817 3155

Urology Cancer:

  • Mechanisms of tumorigenesis.
  • Epigenetic studies.
  • Next generation sequencing studies.
  • Biomarkers for renal cell cancers.
  • Treatment for prostate cancer disease.

Contact Person

Dr W. Lam
Tel: 2255 3023
Fax: 2872 8425

Vascular disease and surgery:

  • Pathogenesis, hemodynamics and endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections.
  • Epidemiology and atherogenesis of peripheral arterial and venous diseases.

Contact Person

Professor S.W.K. Cheng
Tel: 2255 4962
Fax: 2855 4961

Departmental Postgraduate Admission Advisor

Professor K. Man