RESEARCH STRATEGIC AREAS
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; Dr. 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.
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.
1. Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIES)
2. Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC)
3. Hong Kong Baptist University and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (HKBU-RCEES) Joint Institute of Environmental Sciences