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Dr. CHAN Wan Yi Renee


Diploma (Epidemiology), PhD, MPhil, BSc (Hons)

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Renee WY Chan obtained her PhD degree in the Department of Microbiology and Department of Pathology, The University of Hong Kong and had her post-doctoral fellow training in the Department of Pathology and Centre of Influenza Research, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong.

Since she has started her career in Virology, she has more than 67 publications in international peer-review journals. She has developed and validated a non-invasive tool for the SARS-CoV-2 in the paediatric population (Journal of Infection, 2020).

She has been involved in the discovery of an alternative influenza receptor of avian influenza virus in the human upper respiratory tract (Nature Medicine, 2007). With her contribution to the better understanding of influenza virus tropism in human, the Hong Kong Institution of Science awarded her with the Young Scientist Award 2011. Her leading publications were on risk assessing the emerging viruses, including influenza virus and coronavirus by studying their tissue tropism and pathogenesis in human and swine respiratory organ ex vivo culture models and well-differentiated primary respiratory cell culture models (Lancet Respiratory Medicine 2013, 2014).

In the capacity of a Principal Investigator, Dr Chan has obtained a total of 8 competitive grants (4 GRF and 6 HMRFs) with a total funding amount of over HK$9 million.

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