Irene Ng Oi Lin

  • Senior Medical Research Fellowship in 2013 at the The University of Hong Kong
  • Senior Medical Research Fellowship in 2005 at the The University of Hong Kong

Professor Irene NG Oi Lin is Loke Yew Professor in Pathology, Chair Professor and Head of Department of Pathology at The University of Hong Kong. She is also the Director of the State Key Laboratory for Liver Research at The University of Hong Kong. In addition, Professor Ng has been serving as the Chief of Service of Department of Pathology at Queen Mary Hospital since 2017. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in research in liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), particularly in molecular genetics and patho-biology. Among her achievements have been the identification and characterization of novel genes, signaling pathways and cancer stem cells of this cancer. These studies have provided important insight in the understanding of hepatocarcinogenesis and help to identify potential targets in novel cancer therapy. She ranks among the world’s top 1% in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) list of most cited scientists in clinical medicine.

Currently

Professor Ng and the State Key Laboratory for Liver Research are currently investigating the molecular mechanisms leading to the formation and metastasis of liver cancer. They aim to identify the key molecules that govern cell motility and invasion of cancer cells, including how Hepatitis B virus can play a role. The lab is also particularly interested in the study of novel markers of liver cancer stem cells, their mechanistic basis and potential translational applications. The State Key Laboratory for Liver Research is also investigating the interaction of tumor cells with the tumor microenvironment.