Chak Hon (Jakson) Luk

  • Scholarship in 2017 at Institute Pasteur, Unité Dynamique des Interactions Hôte-Pathogène

Jakson is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Département Biologie Cellulaire et Infection at the Institut Pasteur under the Pasteur - Paris University (PPU) International Ph.D. Program. He completed his high school at St. Joseph's College in 2011. He received his B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Hong Kong in 2014 and completed his M.Phil. degree in Life Science (Molecular Medicine) under Prof. King L. CHOW at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2016. 


Bacteria are essentially everywhere around us and play a significant role in tilting the balance of health and sickness of an individual. Jakson's research aims at understanding the complex interactions between the host and the pathogen at the cellular level, using Salmonella Typhimurium and human epithelial cells as a model. The team employs a multidiscipline approach, from cell biology to biochemistry, microscopy to bioinformatics, to decipher the dynamic interplay between the host and the pathogen during early infection. His work focuses on the development of novel fluorescent probes to differentiate the heterogeneous Salmonella lifestyles inside the host cell, remarkable for their localizations and replication rates. Their ultimate goal is to understand the distinct inflammatory responses by the host concerning the diverse intracellular Salmonella lifestyles.