Chan Hsiao Chang

  • Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor CHAN Hsiao Chang is Professor of Physiology and Director of Epithelial Cell Biology Research Centre at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Chan is a leading authority in epithelial cell-related research with broad interests in a number of related fields, including reproductive tract functional genomics, epithelial transport and signaling mechanisms, epithelial-derived cancer metastasis, epithelial differentiation of stem cells as well as epithelial-mediated mucosal immune defense mechanisms. She is the founding Director of the Epithelial Cell Biology Research Center, first of its kind ever found in China. She has contributed significantly to a number of important discoveries, including a cell shrinkage-activated cation channel (Science 1992), a novel defensin molecule in the epididymis and its role in sperm maturation (Science 2001, Nature Cell Biology 2004), the role of CFTR in male and female fertility and infertility (Nature Cell Biology 2003, PNAS 2007), and signaling mechanism underlying embryo implantation (Nature Medicine 2012). She has received a number of prestigious awards including the National Natural Sciences Award of China (1997, 2008), Distinguished Young Investigator (National Science Foundation of China, 2000), Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2007) and Chang Jiang Scholars Achievement Award (2008).