Research Faculty
Head
David von Hansemann Professor of Science
Chair Professor

Peiyuan QIAN

PhD in Marine Biology
​​​​​​​Univeristy of Alberta
Principal Investigator of Center for Marine Bioactive Substances
Email: boqianpy@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Larval omics of marine invertebrates, molecular microbial ecology, marine natural products, biofouling and antifouling.
Associate Head
​​​​​​​Chair Professor

Hongbin LIU

PhD in Oceanography
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Email: liuhb@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Current research focuses on factors that control microbial (with the emphasis on cyanobacteria) biomass, diversity, production and metabolism in different marine ecosystems; microbial food web dynamics to biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in the ocean, and their relation to the global warming; environmental issues in Hong Kong coastal waters, such as harmful algal bloom and coastal hypoxia.
Chair Professor

Jianping GAN

PhD in Physical Oceanography
McGill University
Email: magan@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Ocean circulation and marine ecosystem dynamics and numerical ocean modeling in the China Seas; oceanic processes in estuaries/bays in the coastal waters, the South China Sea and Western Pacific basins; inter-disciplinary research in coupled physical-biogeochemical dynamics through numerical modeling, field measurement and process study in the China Seas.
Associate Professors

Stanley Chun Kwan LAU

PhD in Biology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Email: scklau@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Marine microbial ecology; genome composition, population genetics and ecophysiology of cryptic Escherichia in the marine environment; horizontal transfer of antibiotic resistance genes; microbial source tracking of fecal pollution in coastal marine environment

Qinglu ZENG

PhD in Biological Sciences
The State University of New York at Albany
Email: zeng@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
The role of bacteria and their viruses (bacteriophages) in marine ecological processes and the molecular mechanism of their adaptation to the environment; to understand marine ecosystem functioning from the molecular level.
Assistant Professors


Yan WANG

PhD in Applied Marine Physics
University of Miami
Email: yanwang@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Baroclinic turbulence over continental slopes, eddy-mean flow interactions and eddy parameterizations in numerical ocean models, detection and tracking of Lagrangian Coherent Structures via satellite altimetry records and model outputs.


Julian MAK

PhD in Applied Mathematics
​​​​​​​The University of Leeds
Email: jclmak@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Geophysical fluid dynamics, wave/eddy-mean flow interactions, global/regional/idealised numerical modelling of the ocean, inverse and data assimilation methods, high performance computing, applied mathematics


Charmaine Cheuk Man YUNG

PhD in Marine Science and Conservation
Duke University 
Email: ccmyung@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Microbial oceanography; understanding how environmental factors and anthropogenic activities influence microbial structure and functioning, characterizing microbial interactions at different trophic levels, studying algal viral ecology and genomics


Alex S.J. WYATT

PhD in Marine Ecology and Oceanography
The University of Western Australia
Email: wyatt@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Linking oceanographic processes and the ecological structure and function of globally threatened marine ecosystems and species. Coastal biogeochemistry, coral reef ecology, mesophotic coral ecosystems, trophic ecology, isotope ecology, Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER), ecological engineering, and ecosystem restoration.


Jiying LI

PhD in Limnology and Oceanography
University of Minnesota Duluth
Email: jiyingli@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Biogeochemistry of lakes and oceans, focusing on the cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and redox metals; geochemistry and early diagenesis of sediments, stable isotope geochemistry, nutrient dynamics and phytoplankton ecology






Ding HE

PhD in Marine Organic Geochemistry
Florida International University
Email: dinghe@ust.hk
Website
Research Interests:
Biogeochemistry and carbon cycling along the river-estuary-coastal continuum during the Anthropocene; Stable isotope geochemistry; Cycling of organic matter investigated by the molecular biomarker fingerprint and the state-of-the-art ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry; Big-data techniques (e.g., machine learning) and their application in marine organic geochemistry.




Teaching Staff
Lecturers

Ice Wai Ping KO

PhD in Ecology and Biodiversity
The University of Hong Kong
Email: iceko@ust.hk
Teaching:
Biodiversity, ecology, environmental science, and conservation biology; coordination of experiential learning, internship and practicum courses.

Cindy Ka Sin LAM

PhD in Marine Environmental Science
University of Oldenburg, Germany
Email: envscindy@ust.hk

Teaching and Research Interests:
Marine larval biology and ecology, allelopathy of marine macroalgae, marine biofilms, conservation of marine habitats and environmental field studies in Hong Kong. Actively involved in funded and teaching projects related to conservation of biodiversity in intertidal mudflats, waste reduction and recycling and environmental education.

Cynthia Sin Ting Yau

PhD in Zoology
University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Email: cynthiastyau@ust.hk

Teaching and Research Interests:
Biodiversity, Marine ecology, Marine environment, Marine plankton ecology and Marine conservation
Teaching Associates

Veronica Shui-yee LEUNG

PhD (Microbiology)
University of Hong Kong
Email: leung.sy@ust.hk
Teaching and Research Interests:
Food microbiology and food safety, foodborne and waterborne pathogens.