Visiting address
TYB-1B-207

Phone: +852 34429027

Author IDs

Qualifications/Experiences

Education and Training:
1990-1993

Postdoctoral training under the supervisor of Prof. Tak Mak, Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto

1990Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London
1983B.Sc. (Hons), Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Hong Kong

 

Work experience:
2017-presentChair Professor at the Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong
2016-presentChair Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
2016-presentAssociate Dean (Learning and Teaching) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, City University of Hong Kong
2014-2016Professor at the Deparment of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
2010-2014Professor at the Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong
2001-2010Associate Professor at the Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong
2000-2001Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong
1997-2000Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong
1997-1997Scientific Officer at the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong
1993-1997Assistant Professor (non-clinical) at the Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Biography

Prof. Shuk Han Cheng received her BSc (Hons) from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Zoology. She received her PhD from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, which is now part of the Imperial College, University of London. Her PhD work was on the cellular immune response of BCG vaccination, under the supervision of Prof. Denny Mitchison in the Department of Bacteriology, Hammersmith Hospital. She did postdoctoral training under the supervision of Prof. Tak Mak on molecular immune response of T cells, at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto. Before joining CityU in 1997, she worked in the Departments of Paediatrics, and Orthopaedics and Traumatology, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She has won many innovation awards at international exhibitions, including Grand Prix and Gold Medal as a co-inventor for the invention “in vivo testing without animal experimentation” at the 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions in 2015 and WIPO Medal for Inventors, “A World-leading Non-animal in Vivo Testing Method” presented by World Intellectual Property Organization at the 8th International Invention Fair in 2015. In addition, she has been awarded the Gold Medal at the 35th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products of Geneva in 2007, 2 gold awards from the Korean International Women’s invention Expositions in 2009 and 2010, Gold Award and also a Special Prize from the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, for the invention of “Rapid-identification Kit for Meat Ingredients in Processed Food” and a Bronze Award for the invention “Transgenic fish for high-throughput biomonitoring of Toxicants” in 2011. She is the recipient of the 2015 CityU Outstanding Research Award.

She has published over 150 peer-reviewed research articles and some of them are among the Top 25 Hottest Articles in the Science Direct database. To date she has supervised 23 graduate students, with 9 awarded PhD and another 9 awarded MPhil. She has also supervised 16 postdoctoral fellows.

She takes great interest in teaching and mentoring undergrad students. She teaches the BSc course “Technology for Regenerative Medicine” and also coaches non-Biology major students on using biotechnology in business plans for entrepreneur competitions. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biotechnology company Vitargent.

She also holds the concurrent appointment as Chair Professor of Molecular Medicine in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and as the Associate Dean in the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM).

Research Interests/Areas

Research Interests

Nature or nurture: molecular and chemical regulation of vertebrate embryonic development and adult organ regeneration

Research Projects

The primary focus of the Cheng lab is to investigate how molecules and chemicals interact in regulating the fascinating processes of embryonic development and adult organ regeneration. Specifically, we investigate the functions of a family of transcription factors, encoded by the Iroquois homeobox genes, in patterning and specifying the development and functions of the heart and retina. Using the transparent zebrafish embryos as our model organism, we develop computational tools to augment and quantify bio-imaging data of gene expression domains and biodistribution of novel chemicals and nanomedicine. We also adapt the Electrocardiogram (ECG) to measure electric conductance and charges in the 2 mm long zebrafish embryos. Our unique capacity to combine bio-imaging and electrophysiology enables us to correlate different parameters of the cardiovascular anatomy and physiology to altered gene expression or to exposure to chemicals, such as toxicants and drugs. Expanding from this set of tools, we are synthesizing and testing nanomedicine which can over come cancer drug resistance or exert anti-angiogenic actions. The zebrafish is also an amazing model of adult heart regeneration. We are currently using an interdisciplinary approach to extend this animal model for the development of novel cell- or nanomaterial-based therapeutics applicable for regenerative medicine. In collaboration with chemist, robotics engineer and nanomaterial scientist, we use emerging technologies to harvest and modify regenerating heart cells. Our long-term goal is to translate the zebrafish work back to mammals and contribute to the understanding and achievement of organ regeneration.

Prizes/Honours

Fellowships
1991-1993Fellow of Cancer Research Institute, USA
1988Visiting Technical Specialist to India, British Council
Professional membership
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, elected in June 2009
Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, elected in January 2017
Awards
20172017 UGC Teaching Award (General Faculty Members/Teams), City University of Hong Kong team led by Prof Gary Feng (Associate Provost (Academic Planning and Undergraduate Educations)), with Prof Cheng Shuk-han (Chair Professor of Molecular Medicine), Dr Ron Kwok (Associate Professor of Information Systems), Dr Linda Lai (Associate Professor of the School of Creative Media) and Dr Eva Lui (Special Assistant and Manager (Boards and Committees)) as team members.
2015WIPO Medal for Inventors, “A World-leading Non-animal in Vivo Testing Method” presented by World Intellectual Property Organization at the 8th International Invention Fair in the Middle East, organised by the State of Kuwait, in collaboration with the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions in Nov 2015
2015Outstanding Research Award 2015 of City University of Hong Kong, to be presented at the University Congregation in November 2015
2015Grand Prix and Gold Medal as a co-inventor for the invention “in vivo testing without animal experimentation” based on licenced technology from my lab, with the Vitargent International, at the 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions, April 2015
2013Visiting Scholar, K. C. Wong Eduication Foundation: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/meao/snp_kcwedufund.htm 2-8 June 2013 in Beijing to visit Peking University (College of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies) and Tsinghua University (School of Environment); 3 visits to Shezhen: 21st June at the Shenzhen University, 24th June at Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 27th June at Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
2011Gold Award and also a Special Prize from the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, for the invention of “Rapid-identification Kit for Meat Ingredients in Processed Food” and a Bronze Award for the invention “Transgenic fish for high-throughput biomonitoring of Toxicants” on 4-7 May, 2011, organised by the Korea Women Inventors Association, Hosted by Korean Intellectual Property Office
2010Gold Award, Korean International Women’s invention Exposition, also Special Prize from the Federation of Korean Industries, for the invention “Transgenic fish for Biomonitoring of estrogen-like Substances” on 6-9 May, 2010, organised by the Korea Women Inventors Association, Hosted by Korean Intellectual Property Office
2009Gold Award for the invention “Zebrafish Embryos as Testing Organisms in Nanotoxicology”, Korean International Women’s invention Exposition, also Firi award for the Best Invention awarded by the First Institute Inventors and Researchers in I.R. Iran, 1-4 May, 2009, organised by the Korea Women Inventors Association
2007Gold Medal for the invention “Computer System for Chinese Mateira Medicine and Pharmacological Research”, the 35th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products of Geneva, 18-22 April, 2007, organised by the Geneva Exhibition of Inventions, under the patronage of the Swiss Federal Government and of the State and the City of Geneva
2006Silver Award, the 16th National Exhibitions of Innovations, September 21-24, 2006 in Dongguan, China, co-organized by the China Association of Inventions; Department of Science and Technology and Intellectual Property Office of Guangdong Province; and the Dongguan Government.

Editor or Editorial Membership

Editorial Board membership
Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine (Elsevier)

Services outside CityU

Service as grant panel member/reviewer
Northwest Health Foundation (USA)
Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (Netherlands)
Innovation and Technology Fund of Hong Kong
Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University
The Science and Technology Industry and Innovation Committee of Shenzhen Municipality
Technology Committee, Nano and Advanced Material Institute Inc (NAMI) Hong Kong
Service as fellowship reviewer
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Sciences (UK)
Public Service
Member, Board of Directors and Chair/Vice Chair/member of Technology Committee, Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited (NAMI) from 2011 - date
Member, Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals, Immigration Department, from 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018
Member, Interview Panel of the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme from 2015 - date
Member, Advisory Group on General Education Project of Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education (FSTE), 2014 - 17
Member, Teaching Development Group of the University Grants Council 2013 - 2016
Panel Member, Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) Assessment Panel of Innovation and Technology Commission July 2013 - June 2019
Assessor, the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme (HKSES) 2015 - 2018