- Innovation Award in 2020 at Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ho Ko holds Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSc), and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He pursued a PhD in neuroscience under the supervision of Thomas Mrsic-Flogel at University College London (UCL), where he worked closely with Sonja Hofer and Lee Cossell to reveal fundamental rules governing the connectivity between neurons with different functional roles in the brain. Based on his PhD works, he won a runner-up award of the 2014 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.
Ho Ko currently holds joint appointments at the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK. He also serves as a principal investigator at the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences (LiHS), the Gerald Choa Neuroscience Center (GCNC), and the Margaret K.L. Cheung Research Centre for Management of Parkinsonism of CUHK. Leading a team with expertise in biology, chemistry and engineering, his current research works focus on three closely related themes: (i) neurovascular and glial cell dysfunction in neurodegenerative conditions, (ii) the principles by which neural circuits mediate sensory perception and behavior, and (iii) the development of novel brain imaging tools.
Departmental page: http://neurology.mect.cuhk.edu.hk/owen-ko/
Lab website: http://neurology.mect.cuhk.edu.hk/kolab/index.html
Google scholar: https://scholar.google.ch/citations?user=TWC-NuEAAAAJ&hl=en