Professor Chan Wai-yee, Ph.D.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President
Master, CW Chu College
Li Ka Shing Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Professor Chan Wai-yee

Education & CUHK Employment


B.Sc. (Chemistry) 1974, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ph.D. (Biochemistry) 1977, University of Florida
Fellow (Genetics) 1979, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

CUHK Employment

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Developments
Master, CW Chu College
Co-Director, Key Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine (Jinan University–The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Ministry of Education
Director, (Executive Director (09/2016 – 12/2017)), Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Hong Kong (iTERM)
Director, CUHK–BGI Innovation Institute of Trans-Omics, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Professor and Founding Director, School of Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests

Functional genomics and epigenetics of germinal stem cells and reproductive tumors
Genetic and epigenetic regulation of stem cell differentiation
Biochemical genetics of inborn errors of trace element metabolism
Molecular genetics of human reproductive and endocrine disorders

Honours & Awards


Merrick Award for Outstanding Biomedical Research, Oklahoma Medical Research Founda-tion, USA, 1988
Service Award, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1989
Honorary Member, the Chinese American Medical Association, New York, 1992
Distinguished Faculty Tutor, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, 1997
Distinguished Mentor Nominee, National Institutes of Health, 2005 and 2006
Presidential Award, Association of Chinese Geneticists in America, USA, 2008

Professional Activities

Member, International Advisory Committee, Medical Genetics Center, Peking University, China, 2004 – 2009
Guest Professor, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, China, 2010-present
Honorary Professor, Jinan University, Guangdong, China, 2010-present
Visiting Scientist, 2010 – 2014, Distinguished Professor, Jan 2014 – present, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Special Professor, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China, 2011-2014
Member, Medical Education Council, Shandong University, China, 2012 – 2016
Guest Professor, Shandong University, Shandong, China, 2012 – present
Member, Board of Directors, Joshua Hellmann Foundation for Orphan Diseases, Hong Kong, 2012 – present
Member, Academic and Technical Committee, National Research Center for Assisted Reproductive Technology and Reproductive Genetics, Shandong, China, 2012 – 2019
Member, Shaw Prize Council, The Shaw Prize Foundation, 2013 – present
Professor (joint appointment) (2014 -16), Visiting Professor (2017 – present), Chongqing Medical University, Sichuan, China, 2014 – present
Member, Steering Group, Karolinska Institutet Ming Wai Lau Center, Hong Kong, 2017 – present
Ningxia Autonomous Region Ministry of Education Special Appointed Professor, Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, Ningxia, China, 2017 – present
Guest Investigator, Chinese Academy of Science, Yantai Coastal Zone Research Institute, Shandong, China, 2018 – present

Offices Held in Professional Societies

Advisory Committee, Pacific Rim Initiative, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), USA,1997 – 2003
Board of Directors, 2000 – 2002, 2004 – 2007, President-Elect, 2002 – 2003, President 2003 – 2004, Chair, Nomination Committee, 2005, 2006; Chair, Bylaw Revision Committee, 2006; Chair, Advisory Council, 2007 – 2008; Executive Director, 2015 – present, Association of Chinese Geneticists in America, USA
Member, Endowment Subcommittee, Development Committee, Society for the Study of Reproduction, USA, 2012 – 2017
President (2018-present), Vice President (2015 – 2016), Council (2013 – 2014, 2017 – 2018), Hong Kong Institution of Science, 2013 – present


Senior Editor, Journal of Genetics Study, 2014 – present
Associate Editor, RNA & Diseases, 2014 – present
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Stem Cell Epigenetics, 2015 – present
Editor-in-Chief, Biomedical Research and Clinical Practice, 2016 – present
Section Editor, Scholars Report, Andrology and Urology, 2016 – present
Associate Editor-in-Chief, Zoological Research, 2016 – present
Associate Editor, Translational Genetics and Genomics, 2016 – present
Executive Editor, Cell Regeneration, 2017 – present

Editorial Board Membership

Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004 – present
Asian Journal of Andrology, 2005 – 2018
The Open Andrology Journal, 2008 – present
Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture, 2008 – present
Advances in Genomics and Genetics, 2010 – present
Cell and Bioscience, 2011 – present
Applied Scientific Reports, 2013 – present
International Journal of Genomic Medicine, 2013 – present
Journal of Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine, 2014 – present
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Genetics, 2014 – present
Journal of Metabolomics and Systems Biology, 2014 – present
Journal of Clinical and Medical Genomics, 2014 – present
Biomaterials Open Library, 2015 – present
Journal of Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, 2015 – present
International Journal of Molecular Biology and Medicine, 2015 – present
Journal of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, 2016 – present