- Fellowship in 2001 at Harvard University
- Scholarship in 1998 at Imperial College London
Dr Lai Ka Man is Associate Professor of Biology at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). After graduating in Biology from HKBU and completing a Masters Degree at Chinese University Hong Kong (CUHK), she was awarded a Croucher Scholarship in 1998 to undertake a PhD at Imperial College London. In 2001 she was awarded a Croucher Fellowship to study at the School of Public Health at Harvard University . Her pioneering work into countering airborne viruses led to a number of high level consultancy appointments. In 2005 she joined University College London as a Lecturer, and in 2010 was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health Engineering at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.
Dr Lai studies urban health; from chemicals in our water to microorganisms and pests in our air and homes. Lai has worked on improving and assessing commercial antiseptic and air quality products. In 2014 her research with the World Green Organisation into the health risks of living in tiny subdivided apartments, revealed air bacterial counts six-times higher than the official ‘clean air’ level. The study was widely reported in the local media; domestic public health risks are a common theme in her work. Her current research topics include studying the source of foul odours from office air conditioning plants and looking at genetic responses of airborne bacteria to changes in temperature and relative humidity.