The three strategic research areas combined focus on the fundamental concepts of “gene-environment interactions”, which allows for the effects of environmental stresses on modifying genetic effects to be determined that often result in modulations to plant and animal health, as well as, on the productivity of ecosystems.

1. Environment and Health

This area focuses on environmental pollution, risk assessment and health, striving to provide reliable and quantitative evidence to reveal the impacts of chemical pollution in relation to ecological health and disease susceptibility in humans. Studies with particular emphasis on the establishment of genomic and biological markers have been used to monitor exposure and progressive biological effects of chemical pollutants, and thus providing critical insights in helping policy makers develop solutions of real economic and social value.

Dr. Chiu, Jill Man Ying; Dr. Chung, Shan Shan; Dr. Lai, Ka Man; Dr. Leung, Anna Oi Wah; Prof. Mak, Nai Ki; Prof. Qiu, Jianwen; Prof. Wong, Chris Kong Chu; Prof. Wong, Ricky Ngok Shun; Dr. Yue, Patrick Ying Kit; Prof. Yung, Ken Kin Lam

2. Stress and Developmental Biology

This area involves understanding how organisms regulate their growth and development in response to environmental stress. To achieve this goal, modern genomics and proteomics technologies and time-lapse three dimensional live cell imaging have been employed, in order to elucidate molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms underlying the effects of environmental stress. A range of organisms have been adopted in studies including typical models such as C. elegans, Zebrafish and Arabidopsis.

Prof. Qiu, Jianwen; Prof. Wong, Chris Kong Chu; Prof. Xia, Yiji; Prof. Zhao, Zhongying

3. Environmental Microbiology

This area centers on the microbiological aspects that are relevant to a wide range of settings including medical research, waste treatment, the marine environment and urban and built environment. The ethos of this area is being able to translate microbiological research and apply it to a greater context in solving local and global environmental problems, particularly those associated with organic waste management, indoor air quality, biological resource management, environmental pathogens and disease transmission, and marine pollution and conservation.

Dr. Chiu, Jill Man Ying; Dr. Lai, Ka Man; Prof. Mak, Nai Ki; Prof. Wong, Jonathan Woon Chung


1. Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIES)

CIES is a technology transfer centre that provides information and assistance in the practical application of new and developing technologies for the sustainable use and management of our natural resources, including air, soil, water and biological resources in Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and South East Asian Region.

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2. Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC)

Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre was established in December 2002, which is the first local certification body of organic products set up under the Agricultural Development Fund to facilitate the development of organic farming.

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3. Hong Kong Baptist University and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (HKBU-RCEES) Joint Institute of Environmental Sciences

The Joint Institute was established in 2002 to strengthen research in environmental sciences and to enhance the collaboration between Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Joint Institute is a truly interdisciplinary research unit, with more than ten faculty members from Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics Departments of HKBU participating in its research activities.

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