Yasine Malki 馬建生

  • Butterfield Croucher Studentship in 2022 at Chinese University of Hong Kong

About Yasine's work

Yasine Malki is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Chemical Pathology, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His project aims to evaluate the potential of epigenetic signatures in circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA), and its potential to monitor the onset of neurodegenerative cell loss. Through the use of mouse models and patients with the onset of brain tissue loss, identifying brain-specific epigenetic patterns using novel sequencing approaches would provide substantial prognostic value to patients undergoing brain injury or neurodegeneration.


He earned his BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and has studied and done research internships at various institutes around the world, including Cornell University, Sussex University and The Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong (HKU) mainly focused on neurodegenerative diseases, in particular the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease, where he studied mitochondrial and signaling impairments in familial Parkinson’s Disease, as well as translational approaches to Parkinson’s Disease treatment. He has previously been awarded the HKUST Academic Achievement Medal, the Fung Scholarship, and was a two time awardee of both the DH Chen Foundation Life Science Scholarship and the HKUST Academic Excellence Award.