- Scholarship in 1996 at University of Cambridge
Professor Ho Yin Edwin Chan is Professor in School of Life Sciences, Director of the Master of Science Degree Programme in Biochemical and Biomedical Sciences, and also Deputy Director of the Natural Sciences Program, Faculty of Science, CUHK. He received undergraduate training in biochemistry from CUHK, doctoral training in genetics from The University of Cambridge (UK) supported by a Croucher Foundation Scholarship, and postdoctoral training in neuroscience from The University of Pennsylvania (USA) supported by a Wellcome Trust International Traveling Research Fellowship. Since 1999, Professor Chan has been investigating the pathogenic pathways of spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs), a group of degenerative brain diseases, using animal experimental models including fruitfly Drosophila and mouse. His contribution to this field is recognized by the academia as evidenced by the various research prizes he has received, including the 2010 CUHK Young Researcher Award for his work elucidating SDS-insoluble protein oligomer in SCAs, and the Genetics Society of China 13th Ju-Chi Li Animal Genetics Prize in 2011 for his outstanding work on the demonstration of nuclear export signal activity of polyglutamine domain and investigation of the role of such activity in the pathogenesis of SCAs. In 2014, he was awarded a Churchill College Visiting By-Fellowship at The University of Cambridge, UK. Professor Chan is a consultant of the Hong Kong Spinocerebellar Ataxia Association and Chairperson of the Association’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Asia-Pacific Drosophila Board, and serves as editorial board member of peer-reviewed journals and reviewer for international funding agencies including Wellcome Trust (UK) and Telethon Foundation (Italy).