School of Life Sciences
- A research team led by Prof. Edwin Chan Ho-yin of the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has unveiled the role played by the ‘nucleolar stress signalling pathway’ in the currently incurable disease, spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs), opening up new therapeutic directions for SCAs treatment at the RNA level. The work was recently published in one of the most-cited multidisciplinary scientific journals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A.
- A research team led by Prof. Wong Kam-bo of the Centre for Protein Science and Crystallography, School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has released its research results which show how a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, that infects half of the human population, causing peptic ulcers and stomach cancer worldwide, has managed to survive in the acidic environment of the human gut. The research paper has been selected as ‘Paper of the Week’ in Journal of Biological Chemistry, for its important implications in the design of new drugs to blunt H. pylori’s impact on human body.
- ‘Homecoming of Soybeans’, a joint project between the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (SKL-CUHK) and Beijing Genomics Institute – Shenzhen (BGI-Shenzhen), has made major breakthroughs in the soybean genomic research. The study has a profound impact on soybean research worldwide and brings new insights on soybean conservation and breeding programmes worldwide. The finding will be published as the cover story in Nature Genetics, the number one journal on genetics.
“A Rigidifying Salt-Bridge Favors the Activity of Thermophilic Enzyme at High Temperatures at the Expense of Low-Temperature Activity” in PLoS Biology
Department of Chemistry
- Prof. Jimmy Yu Chai-mei’s paper “Design, Fabrication, and Modification of Nanostructured Semiconductor Materials for Environmental and Energy Applications” published in Langmuir, one of the top journals of chemistry, was one of the most-read articles of the journal in 2010.
“Design, Fabrication, and Modification of Nanostructured Semiconductor Materials for Environmental and Energy Applications” in Langmuir
- A research team led by Prof. Xie Zuowei discovered that reactive boron-carbon clusters called carborynes, C2B10H10, which are in effect three-dimensional versions of benzyne, can exist in two resonance forms that exhibit significantly different reactivity patterns. This discovery could serve as a new strategy for generating functionalized carboranes, which feature extensively in the synthesis of polymers, ceramics, catalysts, and radiopharmaceuticals.
Carboryne Insertion Goes Two Ways featured in Chemical & Engineering News
Department of Physics
- A research team led by Prof. Liu Ren-Bao from the Physics Department recently achieved another significant breakthrough in quantum science and technology. Professor Liu and his team developed a way to improve the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance to the single-molecule level, helping to advance the development of quantum computers with exceptional computing capabilities. The research made cover story in the April issue of Nature Nanotechnology, the most influential journal in the field of nanotechnology.
Department of Statistics
- Prof. Chan Ngai-hang, Professor of Statistics and Chairman of the Department of Statistics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), received the Econometric Theory Multa Scripsit Award for his cumulative contributions to advancing econometrics research and his sustained publishing efforts in the Econometric Theory published by the Cambridge University Press. His work is known to have helped drive the growth of the subject, now a vibrant research area in economics.