Kathy Lui 呂愛蘭

  • Innovation Award in 2017 at Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Fellowship in 2009 at Harvard University

Prof. Lui has completed her B.Sc (Hons, First Class) and M.Phil. degrees at Department of Biochemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. With support from the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Scholarship, she then completed her D.Phil. training in Immunology under the supervision of Prof. Herman Waldmann at University of Oxford in 2009. Prof. Lui was also the recipient of Senior Scholarship at Lincoln College, Oxford and the Peter Beaconsfield Prize in Physiological Sciences, Oxford which is awarded specifically to young researchers who are ‘capable of escaping from the stereotype of narrow specialization, and who display a wider grasp of the significance and potential applicability of their research’. After her D.Phil., Prof. Lui has received the Croucher Foundation Fellowship and continued her postdoctoral training with Prof. Kenneth Chien (co-founder of Moderna Therapeutics) at Harvard University during which her original work proved the safety and efficacy of mRNA vaccine in humans with the discovery of the first-in-human VEGF mRNA vaccine, supporting the latest application of COVID mRNA vaccine to fight against the global pandemic.  

Prof. Lui has returned to the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in Aug 2014, and become a Professor at Department of Chemical Pathology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, from Aug 2023. She was supported by the Croucher Innovation Award in 2017 and awarded the first batch of NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) in 2019. She has been conferred as the Research Grants Council Research Fellow in 2022. She is also the founding member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences.  


Dr Lui's laboratory studies the pathological causes of and therapeutic targets against cardiovascular diseases by targeting the immune system particularly T lymphocytes.  

More about her work can be found at https://www.cuhk.edu.hk/research/luilab