Tom H. Cheung

  • Innovation Award in 2015 at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Tom H. Cheung received his B.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He then moved Stanford University School of Medicine to continue his postdoctoral training. He joined the Division of Life Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2013 where he current serves as an assistant professor. He is currently a member of the Center for Stem Cell Research, the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience, the Center for Systems Biology and Human Health and an affiliated member of the Division of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Program at HKUST. 


The Cheung laboratory main research area focuses on somatic stem cell biology.  His laboratory is interested in understanding the molecular regulation of stem cell quiescence and activation and how these signaling pathways play a role in tissue regeneration as well as stem cell ageing. Using skeletal muscle stem cell as a model system, his research team is currently attempting to decipher the molecular pathways that are essential for muscle stem cell function and the regulation of stem cell ageing. The long-term goal of his laboratory is to achieve better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of why tissue regeneration is impaired during ageing and devise therapies for aged-associated diseases using regenerative medicine.