Current Research Group Members 
*Kenny as the primary supervisor 


Current Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Guang-Jie Zhou
Position: Research Associate (former Hong Kong Scholar)
Research area: Aquatic toxicology; Advanced wastewater treatment on micro-pollutants' removal
Duration: Feb 2013 - Jul 2020 (HKU); Aug 2020 - Jul 2021 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Shiru Tao
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research area: Marine biodiversity and ecology; Fisheries management
Duration: Mar 2018 - Jul 2020 (HKU); Aug 2020 - Jun 2021 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Astudillo Placencia Juan Carlos*  
Position: Research Associate

Research area: Eco-shoreline trials 

Duration: Jan 2018 - Sep 2020 (HKU); Oct 2020 - Sep 2021 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Peng Liu

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Hong Kong Scholar)

Research area: Marine ecology; Eco-engineered shorelines; Ecosystem services

Duration: Dec 2019 - Nov 2021 (HKU)

Current Research Postgraduate Students

 

Mr. Jason Kin Chung Yau*
Position: Ph.D. Candidate, HKU
Research area: Effects of trawl-ban on the diversity and ecology of benthic organisms in Hong Kong
Duration: Sep 2015 - May 2020

Co-supervisor and Mentor: Dr. Moriaki Yasuhara and Dr. Janet K. Y. Chan

Mr. Wa Tat Yan*
Position: Ph.D. Candidate (Part-time), HKU
Research area: Pearl Industry: Hong Kong's Heritage
Duration: July 2015 - June 2021

Co-supervisor and Mentor: Dr. Moriaki Yasuhara and Dr. Janet K. Y. Chan

Ms. Katie Yeung*
Position: Ph.D. Candidate (Part-time), HKU
Research area: Aquatic toxicology and advanced wastewater treatment
Duration: Sep 2017 - Aug 2021

Co-supervisor and Mentor: Dr. Moriaki Yasuhara and Dr. Janet K. Y. Chan

 

Ms. Qi Huang*
Position: Ph.D. Candidate, HKU
Research area: Fish gut microbiomes
Duration: Sep 2017 - Aug 2021

Co-supervisors: Dr. Aixin Yan and Professor Tong Zhang

 

Mr. Chi Chiu Lo*

Position: Ph.D. Candidate, HKU

Research area: Eco-engineered shorelines

Duration: Sep 2018 - Aug 2022

Co-supervisor and Mentor: Dr. Moriaki Yasuhara and Dr. Janet K. Y. Chan 

Ms. Sunny Dan-yang Tao*

Position: Ph.D. Candidate, SKLMP, CityU

Research area: Chemicals of emerging concern

Duration: Sep 2020 - Aug 2024

Co-supervisors: Prof. Paul K. S. Lam and Dr. Henry He 

Current Research Assistants

Ms. Grace H. Y. Chau (Project: Oysters Save Our Seas); Aug 2020 - Present (SKLMP, CityU)
Ms. Thea Bradford (Project: Eco-shoreline Trials); Aug 2019 - Present (HKU; Co-supervisor: Dr. Janet K. Y. Chan)

Ms. Carmen K. M. Wong  (Project: Eco-shoreline Trials); Aug 2019 - Present (HKU; Co-supervisor: Dr. Janet K. Y. Chan)

Mr. Cheuk Ho Wu (Project: Eco-shoreline Trials); Aug 2019 - Present (HKU; Co-supervisor: Dr. Janet K. Y. Chan)

Former Research Group Members

PhD Graduates

Dr. Racliffe W. S. Lai*

PhD Thesis: Quantitative hazard assessment of engineered zinc oxide nanoparticles: insights into their regulation 

Year of Graduation: 2020

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP), City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Hong Kong, China

Dr. Ronia Sham*

Ph.D. Thesis:  Occurrence and distribution of phenyltin compounds (PTs) in marine organisms in Hong Kong water

Year of Graduation: 2019

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Shiru Tao*

Ph.D. Thesis: Effects of trawling ban on the diversity of demersal crustaceans (orders: Decapoda and 
Stomatopoda) in the marine environment of Hong Kong 

Year of Graduation: 2018

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SKLMP, CityU, Hong Kong, China 

Dr. Yanny Mak*
Ph.D. Thesis: Effects of the trawl ban on demersal fish communities in the marine environment of Hong Kong, South China
Year of Graduation: 2018
Current Position: Environmental Consultant, Mott McDonald Ltd., Hong Kong, China

 

Dr. Mana Yung
Ph.D. Thesis: Influences of temperature and salinity on the physicochemical properties and toxicities of zinc oxide nanoparticles and toxicities to microalgae
Year of Graduation: 2016
Current Position: Research Officer (Health Promotion), Department of Health, HKSAR Government, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Astudillo Placencia Juan Carlos

Ph.D. Thesis: Assessment of nonnative marine invertebrates in fouling communities in Hong Kong

Year of Graduation: 2015

Current Position: Research Associate at SKLMP, CityU, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Zhen Wang
Ph.D. Thesis: Comparison of the acute sensitivity to chemicals between tropical and temperate aquatic species through laboratory experiments and metadata analyses
Year of Graduation: 2015
Current Position: Professor, College of Science, Shantou University, China

Dr. Ryan Ho Leung Ip 
Ph.D. Thesis: On some topics in spatio-temporal modelling
Year of Graduation: 2015 
Current Position: Lecturer, School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, Australia

 

Dr. Edward Tak-Chuen Lau
Ph.D. Thesis: Interacting effects of temperature, an insecticide, and an invasive predator on larval amphibians in tropical Hong Kong
Year of Graduation: 2015
Current Position: Endangered Species Protection Officer, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), Hong Kong, China

Dr. Elvis Gen-Bo Xu
Ph.D. Thesis: An integrated environmental risk assessment for marine protected areas in Hong Kong with a special reference to the ecological impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals
Year of Graduation: 2015 (a Swire's James Henry Scott Scholar)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

 

Dr. Adela Jing Li*
Ph.D. Thesis: Temperature-dependent toxic effects of selected chemicals on marine organisms
Year of Graduation: 2014
Current Position: 
Professor, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China

 

Dr. Andy Xian-liang Yi
Ph.D. Thesis: A comprehensive study on the ecological toxicity and risk of triphenylin to aquatic organisms 
Year of Graduation: 2014
Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Ocean Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology (Panjin campus), Dalian, China 

 

Dr. Kevin K. Y. Ho*
Ph.D. Thesis: Ecological and human health risks associated with organotin contamination in the marine environment of Hong Kong and Zhenzhen, China 
Year of Graduation: 2014
Current Position: Nature Parks Officer, AFCD, Hong Kong, China

 

Dr. Alice K.Y. Chan
Ph.D. Thesis: Application of fatty acids profiles in field- and laboratory-based investigations of trophic relationships in Hong Kong wetlands
Year of Graduation: 2012
Current Position: Scientific Director, Labway Biotech Ltd., Hong Kong, China

 

Dr. Stella W. Y. Wong
Ph.D. Thesis: Ecotoxicological effects of selected engineered nanomaterials to aquatic organisms in relation to their physicochemical characteristics
Year of Graduation: 2012
Immediate Position after Graduation: Environmental Consultant,
Mott McDonald Ltd., Hong Kong, China


Dr. Vivien W.W. Bao
Ph.D. Thesis: Toxicities and ecological risks of selected anti-fouling biocides to marine organisms in Hong Kong. 
Year of Graduation: 2009
Current Position: Environmental Protection Officer, Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong, China 


Dr. Kevin W.H. Kwok
Ph.D. Thesis: On the derivation of water and sediment quality guidelines: some pressing issues and their resolutions
Year of Graduation: 2009
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Danny C. P. Lau 
Ph.D. Thesis: Applications of stoichiometry, stable isotopes, and fatty acids for elucidating the relative importance of allochthonous and autochthonous resources in Hong Kong streams
Year of Graduation: 2008
Current Position: Senior Research Engineer, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umea University, Sweden


 

MPhil Graduates

Mr. Archer Tik Lung Wong*
M.Phil. Thesis: Ecology and biodiversity of benthic marine molluscs before and after the trawling ban in Hong Kong 
Year of Graduation: 2016
Current Position: Environmental Protection Inspector, Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong

 

Dr. Jack Chi Ho Ip*
M.Phil. Thesis: Establishing transcriptomic platforms for two common marine molluscan biomonitoring species
Year of Graduation: 2016
Current Position: Senior Research Assistant, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University


Ms. Jamius W. Y. Yeung
M.Phil. Thesis: Evaluation of RNA/DNA ratio in the green-lipped mussel Perna viridis as a potential biomonitoring tool
Year of Graduation: 2010
Immediate Position after Graduation: Environmental Consultant, ERM Ltd., Hong Kong


Ms. Amy Q. Zhang
M.Phil. Thesis: Ecotoxicities and ecological risks of Irgarol 1051 and its related s-triazine compounds in tropical marine ecosystems
Year of Graduation: 2009
Current Position: Director, Cost Analytics, Walmart, Shenzhen, China

 

Ms. Karen K.Y. Lui
M.Phil. Thesis: Ecology of commercially important stomatopods in Hong Kong
Year of Graduation: 2006
Current Position: Environmental Regulatory Adviser at CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong

 

Ms. Valerie C.M. Ho 
M.Phil. Thesis: Biology and fishery of the bartail flathead Platycephalus indicus
Year of Graduation: 2006
Current Position: Fisheries Officer, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong


Mr. Wolfie C.H. Lai
M.Phil. Thesis: Heat shock protein expression in tropical limpets
Year of Graduation: 2006
Immediate Position after Graduation: Technician, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Ms. Justine C.Y. Tsui
M.Phil. Thesis: Evaluation of telomere length as an age-marker in marine teleosts
Year of Graduation: 2005
Current Position: Health Inspector, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Hong Kong


 

Former Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Dr. Ronia Sham*

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research area: Marine ecotoxicology

Service duration: Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

 

Dr. Edward Lau
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Research area: Eco-shoreline designs for sustainable coastal development
Service duration: Oct 2016 - Oct 2018 

Dr. Kevin K. Y. Ho 
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research area: Marine ecotoxicology and ecology; Ting Kok+ conservation project
Service duration: May 2014 - Mar 2018 

Dr. Mana Yung
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Research area: Aquatic ecotoxicology of engineered nanomaterials; Eco-shoreline designs
Service duration: Sep 2015 - Nov 2017 


Dr. Matthew Perkins
Postdoctoral projects: Stable isotope analysis; Effect of trawl-ban on ecosystem recovery
Service duration: July 2014 - July 2017

 

Dr. Stella W. Y. Wong
Postdoctoral projects: Aquatic ecotoxicology of engineered nanomaterials; Demersal fisheries
Service duration: Nov 2011 - Mar 2013

 

Dr. Vivien W. W. Bao
Postdoctoral projects: Marine ecotoxicology of antifouling biocides; Mixture toxicity; Antibiotics in fish farms' sediment
Service duration: Feb 2009 - Jul 2012


Dr. Apostolos Koutsaftis
Postdoctoral project: Marine ecotoxicology of antifoulant mixtures
Service duration: Jan 2008 - Dec 2008

 

Dr. Cheung Ma Shan
Postdoctoral project: Characterization of metallothioneins in marine invertebrates
Service duration: Sep 2007 - Sep 2008
 

Dr. Tak Cheung Wai
Postdoctoral project: Using stable isotope and fatty acids to reveal aquatic food webs and energy flows
Service duration: Oct 2004 - Aug 2007 and Nov 2010 - Apr 2012

Dr. Wai Chuen Ng
Postdoctoral project: Ecological risks of organotins on marine neogastropods in Hong Kong
Service duration: Jul 2005 - Dec 2005  

Dr. Priscilla T. Y. Leung
Postdoctoral projects: Molecular ecotoxicology; Marine fish ecology
Service duration: May 2004 - Jul 2004, Dec 2008 - Nov 2009 and Jan 2010 - Nov 2014

Dr. Alan S. L. Leung
Postdoctoral project: Biological indicators for monitoring marine pollution
Service duration: Jul 2002 - Dec 2003 

 

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