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. He is supervised by Professor Dennis Y.M. Lo, and is currently working at the Centre for Novostics at the Hong Kong Science Park.

Yasine's research concerns the area of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in liquid biopsy. He is conducting research in various aspects of cfDNA biology, including studying the fragmentomic patterns of cell-free DNA, investigating how epigenetic signatures may allow for monitoring certain diseases, and also the interplay between certain proteins and cell-free DNA. 


He earned his BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He developed a keen interest for research during his undergraduate studies, and have conducted research internships and studied in 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 therapeutic targets to Parkinson’s Disease treatment. 

Inspired by the translational approach and clinical relevance to scientific research, Yasine has joined the lab group of Professor Dennis Y.M. Lo in 2022 to pursue his Ph.D. study. 

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.