Mai Har Sham

  • Scholarship in 1984 at University of Cambridge

Professor Mai Har Sham did her undergraduate and MPhil studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. She received her postdoctoral training in Developmental Genetics in the National Institute for Medical Research in London, U.K., before joining the University of Hong Kong. She is currently Professor and Convenor of the Research Cluster of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences,  Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. She has been the Associate Vice-President (Research) of the University of Hong Kong since 2016.


As a developmental geneticist, Professor Sham leads a research team focuses on the molecular mechanisms of mammalian development and mouse models of human congenital disorders. Her research programmes cover areas of gene regulation in development, molecular control of neural crest differentiation, genetic bases and mutant mouse models of human diseases, and neural stem cells.