Faculty Niche Research Area

The Grand Challenge

Environmental chemical exposure leads to the accumulation of different contaminants in blood of general populations worldwide, inferring a direct interaction of exogenous chemicals in body system.
The effects on human health have been strengthened via epidemiological correction, clinical observation & animal study and shown to impose long-term effects on body metabolism, cancer development & reproductive health.

However, prospective evidence on both causality and mechanisms is lacking.


A leadership role to strengthen our understanding on the health risks posed by chemical pollutants and mark a milestone in Hong Kong by which an integrated strategy combining pollution factors into medical research will be implemented. 

To deliver solutions of real environmental importance, to safeguard health of present and future generations.

Our Strength

A) Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) Support as a Leading Institute
  • Liquid Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry with Multiple-stage Tandem Mass Spectrometric Technique (MSn) for Chinese Medicinal and Environmental Research (2000-1)
  • Long-term Residual Dynamics and Ecotoxicological Impact Assessment of Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Pearl River Delta. (2000-1)
  • Sources, Fates, Environmental and Health Effects of Persistent Toxic Substances from E-waste Recycling in Southeast Chine (2003-4)
  • A Research Centre for Ubiquitous Computing (2005-6)
  • Mercury contamination in freshwater and marine fish cultivated around the Pearl River Delta and its health fish assessment (2007-08)
  • Environmental Screening, Computational and Biological Characterization and Endocrine Disruptors, in Respect to Receptor Binding, Embryo and Gonad Physiology (2008-09)
  • Mass Spectrometry-based Metabolomics for the Characterization of Cellular Metabolic Pathways Associated with the Development of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (2010-11)
  • Method Development by Using the Advanced Technique of NanoLC Coupled with NanoESI-LTQ Orbitrap Fusion and Applications for Proteomics and Metabolomics Researches (2014-15)
B) Research Laboratory & Centre