Research Centers

Centre for Cell and Developmental Biology
Established in 2008, the center provides state-of-the-art facility to support research in cell and developmental biology.

Centre for Novel Biomaterials 
Advances in molecular biology and bioengineering technologies have made the production and study of biomaterials, a new frontier for the generation of substances with novel properties. The Center of Novel Biomaterials at CUHK aims to bring scientists with expertise in producing and characterizing new materials with life scientists with experience studying important biological systems. 

Centre for Organelle Biogenesis and Function 
The research centre aims at investigating the fundamentals of important biological processes, with potential applications in biotechnology such as increasing crop yields, prevention of human diseases and developing biofuels.
Food Research Centre of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Being the first university Food Research Centre (FRC) in Hong Kong, it not only responds timely to the concerns of food safety and nutritional issues in Hong Kong, China and the region, but also be an one-stop research centre for all facets of basic and contract research on foods consumed or produced in Hong Kong.

RGC-AoE Center for Genomic Studies on Plant-Environment Interaction for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Established in 2017, research focus of the Center is to understand plant adaptation to abiotic stresses, and the mechanisms of gene regulation relating to plant-environment interactions, with an ultimate goal to identify useful functional genes and effective molecular markers to help generating new adaptive varieties and agrobiotechnology. To combat problems arising from climate change, including water scarcity, global warming, and topsoil nutrient depletion, so as to strive for a balance between sustainable agriculture and food security, the Center pledges to advance researches through integration of cutting-edge technologies in genomics, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, and international collaboration and information sharing with scientists worldwide.

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Shiu-Ying Hu Herbarium

The Herbarium was renamed as the Shiu-Ying Hu Herbarium in 2013 for the extension of the legacy of the late Prof. Hu’s contribution in plant taxonomy. The Herbarium collection contains about 38,000 plant specimens, and a new platform has been established to document specimen collection, botanical images, GPS locations, DNA tissues and taxonomic archive information of local flora.

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Simon FS Li Marine Science Laboratory
The Simon FS Li Marine Science Laboratory is well-equipped for field and laboratory research in marine biology. Current research interests include but are not limited to ecology, evolution, conservation, genomics, ecotoxicology and biotechnology, from marine microorganisms to eukaryotes.

The Centre for Protein Science and Crystallography
The Centre for Protein Science and Crystallography has been established in 2005, which houses the first state-of-the-art crystallographic setup in Hong Kong for high resolution protein structure determination.
The Hong Kong Bioinformatics Centre
The Hong Kong Bioinformatics Centre, found in 1998, is the first bioinformatics research centre in Hong Kong. In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, the centre is involved in different biomedical research projects, such as studies on the various human pathogens: H. pylori, S. pneumonia, and M. tuberculosis
UGC-AoE Centre for Plant & Agricultural Biotechnology
UGC-AoE Centre for Plant & Agricultural Biotechnology, established in 2000 and obtained over HK$63M funding, aims to help develop Hong Kong's high technology industry and to help meet the world's increasing demands of food and healthcare products in the 21st century. This will be accomplished through innovative approaches and utilization of biotechnology to generate high-valued agricultural and health products, to invent and transfer new technologies, and to train skilled technologists.