Department of Surgery, CUHK
Research Opportunities Current Research Students Graduate and Alumni Studentships and Awards
The Chinese University of Hong Kong is
an international reputed institution with over 13000 postgraduate students.

Department of Surgery is an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine
based at the Prince of Wales Hospital, a 1300 bed major teaching hospital.

The programs are research-oriented. We have academic interests and expertise in translational research, bridging basic research and clinical research. We train and equip postgraduate students
with in-depth knowledge and advanced research skills,
aim to advance research in surgical sciences to improve patient outcomes.

Research Opportunities

Potential Projects

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Cancer Research: Molecular Targets for Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Neurosurgery
  • Other topics in Surgery (such as Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Urology, Urology and Cardiothoracic Surgery), Speech Therapy and ENT will also be considered.

MPhil/PhD Program

PhD: Three to four years of supervised research-based clinical-translational research study.

Applicants who wish to take a shorter research study may consider MPhil program.

MPhil/PhD candidates include science graduates, medical students and medical doctors undertaking scientific training.

Interested candidates please visit our website Determine your research interest and discuss with your potential supervisor through email. Applicants with general interest in our department could send your CV and a brief research interest statement to for consideration. Application deadline is listed on Graduate School's website.

Research Postgraduate Supervisors

  • Professor James YW LAU
    Vascular Surgery   |  

  • Professor Enders KW NG
    Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Philip WY CHIU
    Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Simon SM NG
    Colorectal Surgery   |  

  • Professor Anthony CF NG
    Urology   |  

  • Professor UNDERWOOD Malcolm John
    Cardiothoracic Surgery   |  

  • Professor WAN Song
    Cardiothoracic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Anthony YB TEOH
    Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Tony WC MAK
    Colorectal Surgery   |  

  • Professor Charing CN CHONG
    Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgery   |  

  • Professor FUTABA Kaori
    Colorectal Surgery   |  

  • Professor Jeremy YC TEOH
    Urology   |  

  • Professor Nathalie WONG
    HCC   |  

Current Postgraduate Students

  • AU Chui Yee (Mphil)
    Colorectal Surgery

  • BAI Xiaowu (PhD)
    Upper GI & Metabolic Surgery

  • HUANG Yuzhang (MPhil)

  • LEUNG Ka Ying Karman (PhD)

  • SONG Chengzhi (PhD)
    Upper GI & Metabolic Surgery

  • WOO Yat Ming Peter (PhD)

  • XIN Wenci (Mphil)

  • XUE Lingbin (PhD)

  • YU Shing (PhD)
    ENT (Speech Therapy)

  • ZHANG Xue (PhD)

Graduates / Alumni

Year of Graduation :        

Name Degree Year of Graduation Thesis Titles
CHAN Ho Man Alfred PhD 2019 Strengthening Clinical Governance with Clinical Audit Programme in Hong Kong
CHAN Ka Wing Cecilia PhD 2019 Design of Targeted Nanoparticles for Delivering Oligonucleotides and Alleviating Renal Fibrosis
LI Weilin PhD 2019 Molecular Alterations that Take Roles in Gastric Tumorigenesis and Metastasis
YU Ruoxi PhD 2019 Risk Stratification of Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding Patients by Transferring Kowledge Learnt from a Critical Care Database
ZHENG Zhi Yuan PhD 2019 Modulation of Neuroinflammation in Experimental Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
MA Hui PhD 2019 Investigation of the Therapeutic Potential of Adipose Tissue Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (ADMSCs) for the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
QI Haolong PhD 2019 The Regulation of FOXP3 Expression in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Cells and Its Impacts on Lung Cancer Cell Stemness
SIU Hon Lam Elaine PhD 2019 Immune Checkpoints PD-1/PD-L1 and Natural Killer Cells in Chemo-resistant Colorectal Cancer
HUI Shin Yee MPhil 2019 Characterization of STAT3 in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Related Publication List

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Cytochrome P450 1A2 Metabolizes 17beta-Estradiol to Suppress Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Ren J; Chen GG; Liu Y; Su X; Hu B; Leung BC; Wang Y; Ho RL; Yang S; Lu G; Lee CG; Lai PB. PLoS ONE 2016; 11(4); e0153863

Tumorigenesis of smoking carcinogen 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone is related to its ability to stimulate thromboxane synthase and enhance stemness of non-small cell lung cancer stem cells.
Liu Y; Yang S; Li MY; Huang R; Ng CS; Wan IY; Long X; Wu J; Wu B; Du J; Mok TS; Underwood MJ; Chen GG. Cancer Letters 2016; 370(2):198-206

Estrogen receptor alpha induces prosurvival autophagy in papillary thyroid cancer via stimulating reactive oxygen species and extracellular signal regulated kinases.
Fan D; Liu SY; van Hasselt CA; Vlantis AC; Ng EK; Zhang H; Dong Y; Ng SK; Chu R; Chan AB; Du J; Wei W; Liu X; Liu Z; Xing M; Chen GG. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2015; 100(4):e561-e571

Circulating microRNA 132-3p and 324-3p Profiles in Patients after Acute Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
Su XW; Chan AH; Lu G; Lin M; Sze J; Zhou JY; Poon WS; Liu Q; Zheng VZ; Wong GK. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(12); e0144724

A 45-year-old woman with reversible bilateral hearing loss.
Woo PY; Teoh JY; Wong GK; Zhu XL; Siu DY; Kwan MC; Poon WS. Neurology 2015; 80(3):e23-e26

ZBP-89 reduces histone deacetylase 3 by degrading IkappaB in the presence of Pin1
Ye CG; Liu L; Chen GG; Tang XL; He Z; He ML; Lai PB. Journal of Translational Medicine 2015; 13; 23

Gut mucosal microbiome across stages of colorectal carcinogenesis.
Nakatsu G; Li X; Zhou H; Sheng J; Wong SH; Wu WK; Ng SC; Tsoi H; Dong Y; Zhang N; He Y; Kang Q; Cao L; Wang K; Zhang J; Liang Q; Yu J; Sung JJ. Nature communications 2015; 6; 8727

Massive interstitial copy-neutral loss-of-heterozygosity as evidence for cancer being a disease of the DNA-damage response.
Kumar Y; Yang J; Hu T; Chen L; Xu Z; Xu L; Hu XX; Tang G; Wang JM; Li Y; Poon WS; Wan W; Zhang L; Mat WK; Pun FW; Lee P; Cheong TH; Ding X; Ng SK; Tsang SY; Chen JF; Zhang P; Li S; Wang HY; Xue H. BMC Medical Genomics 2015; 8; 42

Studentship and Awards

Postgraduate Studentship / Fellowship / Financial Aids

Full-time postgraduate students MPhil and PhD are provided with Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. PhD applicants can also apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme provided by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC). Full-time students can also apply for Government Grants and Loans provided by the Hong Kong Government. Respective surgical and research teams would also offer support. Contact your potential supervisor for details.


CUHK Young Scholars Thesis Awards 2015
Dr YANG Shengli (2015 PhD Graduate in Surgery)
Hypoxia-inducible Factor-2 Alpha in the Development of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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