Chan Sau Fong Vera

  • Fellowship in 1998 at Ontario Cancer Institute
  • Scholarship in 1994 at University of Oxford

Dr. Vera SF Chan obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Science at the University of Hong Kong, then her D.Phil. in Molecular Immunology from the Nuffield Department of Medicine, the University of Oxford, with the support of the Croucher Scholarship. Continued with the Croucher Fellowship, she received post-doctoral training at the Ontario Cancer Institute, the University of Toronto, Canada and subsequently returned to her alma mater in 2002. In 2006, she was recruited as a Lecturer at Imperial College London, UK and until recently, she re-joins HKU, Department of Medicine as a Research Assistant Professor. While enjoying research experience from different cultural background over the years, Dr Chan has been engaged in diverse research areas including T cell immunobiology, cancer immunotherapy, immunological aspects of infectious diseases and autoimmunity.


Dr. Vera Chan’s current research focuses on understanding the basic scientific aspects and translating biological findings for development of new therapeutics in autoimmune disorders.   Topics include:

1. Innate receptors in autoimmunity: understanding the interactions of C-type lectin receptors and Toll-like receptors, focusing on the immunopathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

2. Mechanistic studies on cellular immuno-dysregulation in SLE.

3. Development of novel mouse models for autoimmune diseases pathogenesis study and for testing new therapeutics.