The title of Chair Professor is bestowed on HKU scholars of international stature who have made a sustained and distinguished contribution to advance knowledge in their field. Twenty-six members of the academic staff at the University of Hong Kong received this distinction in 2023.
They are Professors Guanhua Chen, Zhiwei Chen, Chun Hung Chu, Xiaodong Cui, Hongjie Dai, Zheng Xiao Guo, Xuhua He, Bo Huang, Mingxin Huang, Shu Yuen Ron Hui, Ivan Fan Ngai Hung, Dong Li, Weisheng Wilson Lu, Yi Ma, Kwan Man, Leo L.M. Poon, Uta Schӧnberg , Haipeng Shen, James Fraser Stoddart, Balazs Szentes, Chuyang Tang, Alice Sze Tsai Wong, Cynthia Kar Yung Yiu, Yizhou Yu, Wenan Zang and Xiaodong Zhu.
Faculty of Architecture
|Weisheng Wilson LU has been named Professor, Chair of Digital Construction in the Department of Real Estate and Construction.
|Lu is the Head of Department. He had been the Associate Dean (Research) of Faculty of Architecture for six years. He is also the Director of the iLab@HKU, a research facility with 50+ researchers dedicated to exploring smart city and construction digital transformation.
He is the author of 2 books and 230+ journal papers. His work encompasses two main areas: ‘construction informatics’ and ‘circular construction’, empowered by modern Industry 4.0 technologies. His lab devises PropTech, such as BIM, big data, and blockchain for project management. He has been named a Top 1% Scholar by Clarivate since 2017 and World’s Top 2% Scientists since 2019.
Lu received numerous awards, including the Best Paper Awards from ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering and Elsevier Resources, Conservation and Recycling, the Hong Kong ICT Gold Award, and buildingSMART International Award. He is the leader of HK$60m research grants supported by various funding regimes including the Hong Kong RGC, ITF, and the NSFC China.
Faculty of Business and Economics (HKU Business School)
|Uta SCHÖNBERG has been named Professor, Chair of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics.
|Schoenberg’s research is in applied microeconomics, spanning the fields of wage inequality and wage dynamics, family economics, the economics of education, and the economics of migration. Her most recent work investigates the effects of business and payroll taxation on firms and workers, and firm-provided family-friendly policies.
Prior to joining HKU in 2023, she held positions at the economics departments of University College London and the University of Rochester. She served as a Joint Managing Editor at the Review of Economic Studies from 2016 to 2021 and is currently a Co-Editor of the American Economic Review.
Schoenberg is an elected Fellow of the British Academy and the Society of Labor Economists. She was awarded the 2021-22 British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2016.
|Haipeng SHEN has been named Professor, Chair of Business Analytics and Innovation in the Faculty of Business and Economics.
|He is also the Patrick S C Poon Professor in Analytics and Innovation and the Associate Dean of Executive Education in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Before joining HKU in 2015, he was a Professor of Statistics and Operations Research at the University of North Carolina.
Shen’s research focuses on data-driven decision making, particularly for digital transformation for entities and smart healthcare. He founded the Master of Science (Business Analytics) Programme, the Executive Master of Business Administration programme, the Data Scientist Programme, the Business Leadership Programme, and the Global CEO Programme at HKU Business School.
He was elected a Member of the International Statistical Institute and Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2015 and is a Board Member of the Production and Operations Management Hong Kong Chapter since 2017 and named Forbes China Digital Commerce Top 20 in 2023.
|Balazs SZENTES has been named Professor, Chair of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics.
|Szentes’ primary research interests lie in the fields of microeconomics and game theory, with a particular focus on the theories of mechanism design and the evolution of preferences. He used to be an editorial member of the Review of Economic Studies and the American Economic Review.
He joined HKU in 2023 from the London School of Economics and has taught previously at University College London and the University of Chicago.
Szentes’ work has garnered recognition in the form of grants from the Olin Foundation Fellowship of the University of Chicago, the National Science Foundation of the USA, and the ERC Starting Grant of the European Union. He is also an elected fellow of the Econometric Society Fellows.
|Xiaodong ZHU has been named Professor, Chair of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics.
|Zhu is an Area Head in HKU Business School and the Founding Director of the Center for Global China at Wuhan University. Before joining HKU in 2022, he was a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto, where he taught for 30 years.
His expertise is in Chinese economy, growth and development, and macroeconomics. His research, which explores economic growth, trade, migration, agriculture in economic development, and fiscal policies, has been published in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Monetary Economics, and other leading economic journals.
Zhu is the recipient of the Tan Chong Tai Lecture in Development Economics by Wuhan University, the CICM Lecture by the China International Conference for Macroeconomics, and the Dean’s Excellence Award by the University of Toronto. Additionally, he is an Editorial Board Member of VoxChina and Frontiers of Economics in China.
Faculty of Dentistry
|Chun Hung CHU has been named Professor, Chair of Family Dentistry in the Division of Restorative Dental Sciences.
|Chu is Associate Dean and Clinical Professor of the Faculty of Dentistry. He is a Public Health Committee Member of the FDI World Dental Federation, a Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the Royal Australasians College of Dental Surgeons, and a Dental Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.
Chu’s expertise is in preventive dentistry. He has published over 300 articles in international journals. As a Board Director of Project Concern Hong Kong and the pioneer of the Jockey Club Children Oral Health Project launched by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, he is a long-standing advocate for community oral health dedicated to promoting awareness and access to care for patients of all ages.
Chu was named a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and received the AGD Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award 2015.
|Cynthia Kar Yung YIU has been named Professor, Chair of Paediatric Dentistry in the Division of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.
|Yiu is Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, the Postgraduate Programme Director in Paediatric Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry, and a member of the University Research Committee. She also serves as the Director of the Prince Philip Dental Hospital.
She is the Chairman of the Fellowships Committee, International Association for Dental Research, and Deputy Chairman for the Specialty Board in Paediatric Dentistry of the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong. And she is an Examiner for the Licensing Examination of the Dental Council of Hong Kong and the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong.
A Clinical Professor in Paediatric Dentistry since 1989, Yiu has published over 240 papers in international scientific journals on paediatric oral health, cariology, adhesive dentistry, with a focus on caries prevention and enhancing the longevity of bonded restorations.
Faculty of Engineering
|Mingxin HUANG has been named Professor, Chair of Materials Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
|Huang is the Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the HKU Centre for Structural Materials. Prior to joining HKU in 2010, he was a research engineer at ArcelorMittal, one of top steel companies in the world.
His research interests focus on the fundamentals of processing-microstructure-property relationship of metals and alloys, as well as the development of high-performance alloys. Both experimental and modelling works are involved in his research which has been published in top international journals including Science and Science Advances.
Huang is a recipient of the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship in 2022 and the Xplorer Prize in Chemistry and New Materials in 2021, and his extensive research endeavours are supported by prestigious funding sources, such as the National Key R&D Program, the Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Collaborative Research Fund and Research Impact Fund.
|Shu Yuen Ron HUI has been named Professor, Chair of Power Electronics in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
|Hui is Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Electrical Engineering at HKU. Prior to joining HKU in 2023, he held the MediaTek Endowed Professorship at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. He was previously Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong and has been Chair Professor of Power Electronics at Imperial College London.
With over 330 refereed journal publications, Hui’s research focuses on the management of energy consumption and addressing the pressing issue of electronic waste. His inventions underpin the key dimensions of the world’s first wireless charging standard “Qi” launched by the Wireless Power Consortium in 2010. In 2015, he received the IEEE Technical Field Award (IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award).
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, USA, the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, and was awarded the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship.
|Chuyang TANG has been named Professor, Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering.
|Tang is the principal investigator of the Membrane-based Environmental & Sustainable Technology Group at HKU and an Inaugural Senior Research Fellow of the Research Grants Council. He was previously a Professor at Nanyang Technological University and Deputy Director of the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre.
He specializes in membrane technology, surface and interfacial science, and advanced physical and chemical processes. His work on aquaporin-based biomimetic membranes has led to the commercialization of Aquaporin Inside Membranes (AIMs®), a highly impactful invention in the desalination field.
Tang was named Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate for 3 consecutive years from 2021 to 2023. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institution of Civil Engineers and currently serves as a Co-Editor of Desalination. He is a recipient of the CAPEES/Nanova Frontier Research Award and the Singapore Ministry of National Development R&D Merit Award.
|Yizhou YU has been named Professor, Chair of Multimedia Computing in the Department of Computer Science.
|Yu is Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at HKU and Director and Chief Scientist of the Deepwise AI Lab. Prior to joining HKU, he held positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for twelve years, and has collaborated with Google Brain and Microsoft Research.
He is an expert in the fields of AI and visual computing, with a particular emphasis on deep learning, computer vision, image processing, medical image analysis, and computer graphics. His current research interests encompass AI foundation models, AI-based multimedia content generation, AI for medicine, and computer vision. His co-invented technologies have found widespread adoption in industries such as film and healthcare.
Yu is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award and serves as the editor of multiple IEEE journals.
LKS Faculty of Medicine
|Zhiwei CHEN has been named Professor, Chair of Immunology and Immunotherapy in the Department of Microbiology.
|Chen is the Founding Director of the AIDS Institute at HKUMed, former Chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Immunology, and Executive Committee Member of the China AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He also served as an Advisory Council Member on AIDS for the HKSAR Department of Health from 2008 to 2014.
His research focuses on AIDS/SARS/COVID-19 pathogenesis and immunotherapy, with a particular emphasis on the early events of viral infection. He pioneered the creation of HKU-patented technologies, such as a PD1-based vaccine, a tandem bi-specific antibody, and an anti-Δ42PD1 antibody drug for the fight against viral infection and cancer.
Chen has been named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate in both 2022 and 2023 and he is a recipient of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants.
|Fan Ngai Ivan HUNG has been named Professor, Chair of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine.
|Hung holds multiple positions at the Faculty of Medicine, including the Ru Chien and Helen Lieh Professor in Health Sciences Pedagogy, Associate Dean of Partnership & Engagement, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases. He is an Honorary Consultant at the Queen Mary Hospital and Chief-of-Service of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at the HKU-Shenzhen Hospital.
A dual specialist in infectious diseases, and gastroenterology and hepatology, he has pioneered antiviral treatment and vaccinology against influenza and COVID-19. He has published extensively including research articles in the Lancet, Nature, and the Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Hung is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and Fellow of the IDSA and Advisory Board Member of the USERN and was named Highly Cited Researcher in 2022 to 2023 by Clarivate. He is ranked as HKU Scholars in the world top 1% in 2018-2023. He is currently Associate Editor of Vaccine.
|Kwan MAN has been named Professor, Chair of Transplant Oncology and Immunology in the Department of Surgery, School of Clinical Medicine.
|Man is the Director of Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory, Director of Liver Transplantation and Liver Cancer Research, and Director of the Laboratory for Organ Transplantation and Regeneration. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Departmental Research Committee and the Departmental Research Postgraduate Advisor of the LKS Faculty of Medicine.
Dedicated to enhancing the outcomes of liver transplantation through reducing graft injury and cancer recurrence, she leads research endeavours encompassing basic, clinical, and translational studies resulting in major advances on transplant oncology and immunology in the world. She is the first Asian lady being the President of International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) (2018-19). She received Basic Science Established Investigator Award of ILTS (2022) and ILTS Rising Star Awards as mentor (2010, 2011, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2022).
Man received the First Class Award of the Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award from the Ministry of Education in 2013 and First Class Award for Science and Technology from Chinese Medical Association in 2014.
|Leo POON Lit-man has been named Professor, Chair of Public Health Virology at the School of Public Health.
|Poon is Head of the Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences and Co-director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole. He is a Co-Editor-In-Chief of Virology Journal, and acts as advisor for various infectious disease control task groups within the World Health Organization, Food and Culture Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health.
Working at HKU since 2001, he is a virologist specialising in influenza viruses and coronaviruses. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, with a research focus on emerging infectious diseases, vaccinology, and molecular diagnosis. He successfully decoded the SARS coronavirus sequence in 2003. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he made significant contributions to our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 and applied these scientific findings to public health practices.
Poon has been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate from 2015 through 2023. He was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Croucher Foundation in 2017, and the Louis Pasteur Bicentenary Prize by the Institut Pasteur in 2023.
Faculty of Science
|Guanhua CHEN has been named Professor, Chair of Theoretical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry.
|Chen has been with Department of Chemistry since 1996 and was the Head of Department from 2010 to 2016. He is now the Managing Director of Hong Kong Quantum AI Lab, an AIR@InnoHK Centre.
His research focuses on (1) the application of machine learning in computational chemistry, and (2) the development of first-principles quantum mechanical method to simulate electronic, optoelectronic and electrochemical devices. Employing the integrated platform of machine learning, quantum simulation and experimental calibration, Chen’s lab is currently interested in solving the realistic challenges in renewable energy industry.
Chen is an elected Fellow of American Physical Society (2014-), a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2011-), and he received the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship in 2016.
|Xiaodong Cui has been named Professor, Chair of Condensed Matter Physics in the Department of Physics.
|Cui holds the position of Associate Head at the Department of Physics and has served as a Council Member for the Physics Society of Hong Kong since 2005. Before joining the Faculty of Science in 2004, Cui was a joint postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University and IBM.
His work centres around the investigation of the physical properties of 2D semiconductors, with a specific emphasis on exploring the optical properties of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides. Notably, he leads an internationally recognized team that conducts cutting-edge research in the field of Valleytronics, a groundbreaking research area leveraging the concept of “valleys” to impart electrons with a novel degree of freedom under controlled conditions.
Cui is a 2017 recipient of the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship and he received the Outstanding Researcher Award in 2017 and the Research Output Prize in 2015 from HKU.
|Hongjie DAI has been named Professor, Chair of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry.
|Dai holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the School of Biomedical Sciences. Prior to joining HKU, Dai had a tenure of over 15 years at Stanford University, where he is the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus.
His highly interdisciplinary research spans multiple disciplines including chemistry, physics, material science, and medicine. He is a pioneering figure in the fields of carbon nanotube and nano-graphene based drug delivery and photothermal therapy, and he has contributed significantly to the development of in vivo near-infrared II/short-wave infrared biological imaging.
Dai has been named Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate for 10 years from 2014 to 2023 in 3 different fields. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, USA, and the National Academy of Sciences, USA, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
|Zheng Xiao GUO has been named Professor, Chair of Chemistry and Materials Science in the Department of Chemistry.
|Guo is a joint-faculty Professor of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering. He is an Honorary Professor at University College London, where he was Professor of Chemistry and Pro-(Vice) Provost and China Ambassador before joining HKU.
Focused on the synthesis and simulations of highly functional atomic clusters, nanostructures, and materials, Guo’s group combines fundamental design principles with ab initio, molecular dynamics, cellular automata, and finite element simulations and machine learning for materials discovery and device innovation. He has contributed around 300 high-quality journal publications and over 300 conference papers/presentations.
He was the first Chinese recipient of the Sir Beilby Medal & Prize in 2000, and is an elected Member of the Academia Europaea, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, where he served as a Member of the RSC Publishing Board and Science Sub-Board from 2015 to 2018.
|Xuhua HE has been named Professor, Chair of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.
|Before joining HKU in 2023, He was Choh-Ming Li Professor of Mathematics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Von Neumann Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, and Professor at the University of Maryland. He currently serves as an editor for the journals Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique and Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly.
He investigates arithmetic geometry, algebraic groups, and representation theory, with a focus on finite and affine Weyl groups, flag varieties, and their applications.
He is a New Cornerstone Investigator and a recipient of the Xplorer Prize, and the Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory from the American Mathematical Society in 2022. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2018.
|Dong LI has been named Professor, Chair of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.
|Before joining HKU in 2023, Li was affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC), the SUSTech International Center for Maths at the Southern University of Science and Technology, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
His research primarily centres around nonlinear partial differential equations, specifically the fundamental aspects and long-time asymptotic behaviour of solutions. His work also probes the application of mathematics in the sciences, such as fluid dynamics, biology, and physics.
Li was a von Neumann Fellow at the School of Mathematics of the Institute of Advanced Study from 2012 to 2013. He received the Charles A. McDowell Award at UBC for his outstanding achievements in pure or applied scientific research as a young faculty member, and was honoured with the Coxeter-James Prize by the Canadian Mathematical Society in 2015. Li has been a founding member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences since 2019.
|James Fraser STODDART has been named Professor, Chair of Contemporary Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry.
|A distinguished chemist and Nobel Laureate, Stoddart was a Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University for 16 years before joining HKU in 2023. He is also Dean of the Stoddart Institute of Molecular Science at Zhejiang University and a Visiting Professor of Chemistry at both Northwestern University and the University of New South Wales.
Stoddart’s research has transformed the understanding of chemical bonding by introducing the concept of the mechanical bond. He is currently working on the fabrication of molecular pumps and electric molecular motors, and his research spans the fields of chemistry, material science, and molecular nanotechnology.
In addition to the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, he is a recipient of the Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the King Faisal International Prize in Science. A Highly Cited Researcher for 11 consecutive years, he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, the Royal Society of London, UK, and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
|Alice Sze Tsai WONG has been named Professor, Chair of Cancer Biology in the School of Biological Sciences.
|Wong is the Associate Vice-President of Research, Director of the School of Biological Sciences, and Director of the Dr. Li Dak-Sum Research Centre, HKU-Karolinska Institutet Collaboration in Regenerative Medicine.
She is recognized for her expertise in signal transduction in cancer. In particular, cell adhesion molecules in various physiological processes, and their contribution to cancer when dysregulated. She has made numerous seminal contributions to this research and its translational applications with innovation and technology awards. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for research excellence, including the Women in Cancer Research – Brigid G. Leventhal Scholar Award, the AACR-Bristol-Myer Squibb Oncology Young Investigator Scholar Award, the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship, and the RGC Senior Research Fellowship.
In addition to her research achievements, Wong has been recognised for her contribution to teaching and learning through the Senior Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.
|Wenan ZANG has been named Professor, Chair of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.
|Zang is a leading expert in combinatorial optimization, integer programming, algorithm design, and graph theory. He has successfully resolved several prominent long-standing open problems in these research fields, and has significantly advanced the theory of polyhedral combinatorics, which plays a central role in operations research and theoretical computer science. Moreover, he has discovered some powerful and novel combinatorial methods that can be used to tackle various important optimization problems.
He is a recipient of the Hao Wang Prize and the Overseas Outstanding Young Scholar Award. One of his papers was selected as an Outstanding Research Achievement by the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and another was included in the very first volume of Discrete Mathematics – Editor’s Choice.
Zang is currently an editorial board member for both Discrete Applied Mathematics and Journal of Combinatorial Optimization. He also served as an associate editor for Operations Research, a flagship international journal in this subject.
Faculty of Social Sciences
|Bo HUANG has been named Professor, Chair of Urban Sustainability in the Department of Geography.
|Huang is an expert in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). Currently, he is the Deputy Director of the HKU Urban Systems Institute, and an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
He joined HKU in 2023 from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He specializes in spatiotemporal data analytics, satellite image fusion, and multi-objective optimization, with applications in environment, transportation, public health, and spatial planning. With an impressive record of over 300 publications in leading scientific journals, he is renowned for developing the Geographically and Temporally Weighted Regression (GTWR) model, a method widely adopted and proven highly effective in analysing big spatiotemporal data.
Huang is a recipient of the RGC Senior Research Fellowship and the Chang Jiang Chair Professorship and was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2021 International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva.
HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science
|Yi MA has been named Professor, Chair of Artificial Intelligence in the HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science as well as Department of Computer Science.
|Ma holds the position of Director of the Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science and Head of the Department of Computer Science at HKU. He has also served as a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, Chief Scientist of Berkeley FHL Vive Center for Enhanced Reality, and Co-Director of the Imaging Science Lab of the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute.
His research interests include computer vision, generalized principal component analysis, and high-dimensional data analysis, focusing on identifying key mathematical principles for the analysis and understanding of high-dimensional sensorial data to develop intelligent decision-making capabilities in machines and humans.
Ma is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award and the David Marr Prize in Computer Vision.