Through amalgamating the former four pre-clinical Departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry (Medicine), Pharmacology and Physiology, the School of Biomedical Sciences was formed under the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 1 June 2009. Since its formation, our School has put tremendous efforts and resources in promoting cutting-edge and translational research through interdisciplinary collaboration as well as quality graduate and undergraduate education.

Being the first of its kind in Hong Kong, our School has established five Thematic Research Programs (TRPs), namely i.) Cancer and Inflammation; ii.) Neuro-degeneration, -development and Repair; iii.) Reproduction, Development and Endocrinology; iv.) Stem Cell and Regeneration; and

v.) Vascular and Metabolic Biology. Members of these five Programs, including those clinical Associate Members, have been supported by our Core Laboratories which provide state-of-the-art equipment and specialized technologies. The different theme-based seminars and the annual School of Biomedical Sciences Research Day are two of the examples showing our commitment to the pursuit of research excellence.

Similarly, we have placed great importance on the provision of quality teaching and learning environment to our graduate and undergraduate students. With the consolidation of teaching manpower, synergies in graduate and undergraduate teaching have been made possible. The MPhil-PhD in Biomedical Sciences Program admitted its first cohort of students in 2010-11. The establishment of the Teaching and Learning Unit and the annual School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Research Day are yet another two prominent examples showcasing our dedication to the quest of excellence in education. In the academic year 2016-17, our School will introduce the new BSc in Biomedical Sciences Programme with a view to nurturing young talents conversant with biomedical sciences knowledge and skills who can engage themselves upon graduation in multiple career paths such as scientific research, health system policy and management, or clinical, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and healthcare related professions.

To promote stronger academic and scientific collaboration with overseas universities and research institutes and to further broaden the international outlook of our investigators and students, we have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a number of prestigious higher education and research institutions in the Mainland and overseas. Our School has also actively taken part in many outgoing and incoming visits to explore possible research and educational collaborations.

To prepare for the anticipated expansion in research activities and to provide support for the many scientific and developmental initiatives, our School has been relocated to Lo Kwee-Seong Integrated Biomedical Sciences Building, CUHK Centralized General Research Lab Complex, Area 39 (Northside Research Campus) since March 2012. With the fit-for-purpose design and state-of-the-art infrastructures, it is expected that our School will enter a new era of even greater academic and research excellence.

The different pages of this website will give you more details on our School, including the profiles of our academic and teaching staff. Meanwhile, our SBS 5th Anniversary Booklet - Reminiscences of the First Quinquennium and other publications can give you more ideas on the efforts and achievements we have made so far in different domains. If you have any comments or need any information, please feel free to write to us at


Wai-Yee CHAN, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Sciences &  
Director, School of Biomedical Sciences  
Faculty of Medicine  
The Chinese University of Hong Kong  
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