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Prof. Danny GOHEL
Professor (Biomedical Science)
Office: Room 1001A, 10/F, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Ma Kam Chan Memorial Building, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 3190 6680
Fax: (852) 2783 8635
Prof. Danny Gohel was the founding Head of the Department of Medical Sciences and subsequently the former Dean of the School of Medical and Health Sciences on re-structuring. He has been at the Tung Wah College since 2012 and prior to this, he had worked at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong with over 30-years of teaching at tertiary educations. He had his undergraduate training in Clinical Chemistry and Immunology in USA and returned to Hong Kong for postgraduate studies in Hong Kong.
Prof. Gohel has published over 80 refereed papers and has presented over 60 conference papers of which 22 were invited papers/presentations in his area of research.  He is on the editorial board on several refereed journals and external reviewer of grants locally and overseas. He was appointed to the steering committee of the International Urolithiasis Society. He has been invited as keynote speaker at various local and international meetings on Toxicity assessment, Renal Stone Disease, Biomineralization and Laboratory Medicine. Recently he was invited to the conference of Experts in Stone Disease held in Shanghai, China (2018) which bridges clinical and basic science research. He has been the PI and/or co-I of over 20 research grants, of which 10 were externally funded to the value of HK$7-million.
He has supervised (as PI and co-I) over 15 postgraduate students who have an international footprint. Prof. Gohel focuses on educating the importance of basic science research and its application in clinical sciences.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
BS, MPhil, PhD, CSci, CChem  FRSC, FIBMS, DipWSET
Author Identification
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6589-2554
SCOPUS Author ID: 7004532182
Researcher ID (Web of Science): AAM-6957-2021
Academic Degrees
B.S. (Clinical Chemistry), University of South Florida, USA
B.S. (Biology), University of South Florida, USA
M.Phil. (Clinical Biochemistry), Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong
Ph.D. (Clinical Biochemistry), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Programmes and Courses
High Potentials Leadership Programme, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
Advanced Certificate (Merit) in Wine and Spirits (Level 3), Wine and Spirits Education Trust, London, UK.
Diploma in Wine and Spirits (Level 4), Wine and Spirits Education Trust, London, UK
Honours and Awards
Honours and Scholarships
College of Natural Sciences (USF) Dean's List University of South Florida Honor's list for 1981/82 & 1984/85
Hui Pun Hing Chemistry Scholarship for Postgraduate Research (HKU, 1991/92 & 1992/93)
Wong Ching Yee Medical Postgraduate Scholarship (HKU, 1991/92 & 1992/93)
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship (1992 & 1993)
Awards and Prizes
2000       Young Investigator Award, Gordon Research Conference “Biomineralization”.
2003       Faculty of Health & Social Sciences Award, PolyU, (Services) in recognition for the Contribution to the Hong Kong Community during SARS outbreak. (Team Award)
2006       Gold Medal for “Smart Wristband for Sleep Apnoea”, Honouring of University Inventions, International Trade Fair Ideas, Inventions and Novelties (IENA), Nuremberg, Germany. (Team Award)
2018       Best moderated Poster Award for paper “Identifying important biomarkers in recurrent renal stone formers, presented at the 38th Congress of Societe Internationale d’Urologie, Seoul, South Korea, October 4-7, 2018.
2019       Research Excellence Award, Tung Wah College, Hong Kong.
Teaching Areas:
Medical Laboratory Science (Clinical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Immunology, Infection Control)
Research Methods in Medical Science
Research Areas
Infection Control; Environmental Health; Bladder cancer – pathobiology; Glycosaminoglycans; Nano-magnetic particles; Rare cell isolation; Renal stone disease;  Traditional Chinese medicine – Therapeutic evidences.
Funded Projects
Characterising and Fingerprinting Biomarkers of Urolithiasis: A Case Control Study (Stage 2 of 2). Funded by Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree sector – Faculty Development Scheme. (Principal Investigator, Project No. UGC/FDS17/M08/19)
Characterising and Fingerprinting Biomarkers of Urolithiasis: A Case Control Study (Stage 1 of 2). Funded by Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree sector – Faculty Development Scheme. (Principal Investigator, Project No. UGC/FDS17/M04/16)
A prospective randomized study to investigate the effect of stepwise voltage escalation on treatment outcome in extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy of renal calculi. Funded by the Research Grants Council, General Research Fund (Co-investigator, Project No.: CUHK: 14113515)
Using orthotopic MB49/C57 mice model to delineate the prophylactic activity of Ganoderma lucidum in bladder transitional cell carcinoma. Funded by the Research Grants Council, General Research Fund (Co-investigator, Project No.: PolyU: 15104114)
Melamine and its effects on urine crystallization kinetics and cell responses. Funded by the Food and Health Bureau special grant. (Co-investigator, Project No. CUHK: K-ZK80).
Systematic Study to Delineate Diagnostic Markers for Idiopathic Renal Stones.  Funded by the Competitive Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), University Grant Committee, Hong Kong (Principal Investigator, Project No. 5375-04M)
10th International Symposium on Urolithiasis held in Hong Kong. Funded by the National Institute of Health, USA. (Co-applicant. Grant No. 1 R13 DK067253-01)
Establishment of an Artificial Crystallizer to Assess the risks of renal stone disease. Funded by the British Council UK/HK Joint Research Scheme. (Principal Investigator, Grant No. H-ZF37)
Yuen JWM, Gohel MDI, Ng CF (2020). Initial events of Ganoderma lucidum related to the Bacillus calmette-guerin efficacy and toxicity on pre-malignant and malignant uroepithelial cell lines, Current topics in Medicine and Medical Research, 1:1-14.
Gohel MDI*, Or HYH, Lau MCK, Ng CF (2019). Hyaluronan as a predictive biomarker in recurrent renal stone formers, Glob J Urol 1: 29-34
Yuen JWM, Mak DSY, Chan ES, Gohel MDI, Ng CF (2018). Tumor inhibitory effects of intravesical Ganoderma lucidum instillation in the syngeneic orthotopic MB49/C57 bladder cancer mice model, J Ethnopharmacology, 223:113-121.
Gohel MDI*, Yuen JWM, Hon EKL, Ng CF (2018). Lessons learnt from the Melamine incident of Paediatric stones: Toxicity and inflammatory response of melamine cyanurate, J HK Inst Med Lab Sci, 15(1&2):4-17.
Gohel MDI*, Yuen JWM, Ng CF (2018). Cytokine and inflammatory-related gene expression of melamine cyanurate on human proximal tubular cells, Clinical Research Open Access, 4(2):1-7.
Rodgers AL, Webber D, Ramsout R, Gohel MDI (2015). Folium pyrrosiae ingestion has no effect on the thermodynamic or kinetic urinary risk factors for calcium oxalate urolithiasis in healthy subjects: a poor prognosis for alternative treatment in this type of stone former, Urolithiasis, 43:21-27.
Tam MS, Chin RKH, Boyd R, Gohel MDI, Chow KM, Chan LYS (2014). The Impact of Obstetric Parameters on Haematopoietic Stem Cells Extracted from the Umbilical Cord Blood in the Chinese Population, Hong Kong J Gynaecol Obstet Midwifery 14:82-88.
Ng CF, Hon KLE, Gohel MDI (2013), Effects of melamine on urine crystallization kinetics and cell responses. Hong Kong Med J, 19(6):23-25.
Park A, Chan L, Gohel MDI, Murphy S, Manuelpillai U, Chidgey A, Boyd R (2013). Newborn stem cells: Identity, Function and Clinical Potential, In: K.J. Cetrulo, C.L. Cetrulo Jr. and R.R. Taghizadeh (Eds) Perinatal Stem Cells, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, USA, pp119-137.
Ng CF, Lo AKY, Lee KWM, Wong KT, Chung WY, Gohel MDI (2012), A prospective, randomized study of the clinical effects of shock wave delivery for unilateral kidney stones: 60 versus 120 shocks per minute, J Urology, 188(3):837-842.
Yuen JWM, Gohel, MDI, Ng CF (2012), Synergistic Cytotoxic Effects of Ganoderma lucidum and Bacillus Calmette-Guerin on premalignant urothelial HUC-PC cells and its regulation on proinflammatory cytokine secretion,  Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Med, Article Number: 147896.
Poon NW, Gohel MDI*, Lau C, Hon EKL, Leung PC, Ng CF (2012). Melamine crystallization: the physicochemical properties, interactions with other lithogenic salts and response to therapeutic agents, J Urology, 187(4):1483-1490.
Yuen JWM, Loke AY, Gohel MDI* (2012), Nutritional and immunological characteristics of fresh and refrigerated stored human milk in Hong Kong,  Clinica Chimica Acta, 413:1549-1554.
Yuen JWM, Gohel MDI*, Ng CF (2011), The differential immunological activities of Ganoderma lucidum on human pre-cancerous uroepithelial cells, J. Ethnopharmacology, 135:711-718.
Yuen JWM, Gohel MDI*, Poon NW, Shum DKY, Tam PC, AU DWT (2010), The initial and subsequent inflammatory events during calcium oxalate lithiasis, Clinica Chimica Acta, 411:1018-1026.
Chan ST, Yuen JWM, Gohel MDI, Chung CP, Wong HC, Kwong KK (2011). Guasha-induced hepatoprotection in chronic active hepatitis B: A case study, Clinica Chimica Acta, 412:1686-1688.
Yao L, Gohel MDI, Li Y, Chung WJ (2011). Investigation of pajama properties on skin under mild cold conditions: the interaction between skin and clothing,   Int J Dermatology, 50:819-826.
Guo YP, Li Y, Tokura H, Wong TKS, Chung J, Gohel MDI, Leung PHM, Newton E (2008). Evaluation on masks with exhaust valves and with exhaust holes from physiological and subjective responses, J Physiological Anthropology, 27:93-102.
Yuen JWM, Gohel MDI* (2005), Anti-cancer effects of Ganoderma lucidum: A review of scientific evidences. Nutrition & Cancer, 53(1) 11-17.
Shum DKY, Gohel MDI and Tam PC (1999), Hyaluronans - crystallization-promoting activity and HPLC analysis of urinary excretion. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol, 10(11): S397-S403
Shum DKY, and Gohel MDI (1993). The separate effects of urinary chondroitin sulphate and heparan sulphate on the crystallization of urinary calcium oxalate: differences between stone formers and normal controls. Clinical Science, 85:33-39.
Shum DKY, Gohel MDI* and Li MK (1988). Ultrafiltration studies on crystallization of urinary calcium oxalate. Urological Research, 16:232-232.
Community / Professional Contributions
External Examiner for Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science (Senior Secondary Applied Learning) at HKU SPACE, Hong Kong. (April 2021 – March 2024)
Academic Assessor for Higher Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science at HKU SPACE, Hong Kong. (November 2019 – October 2022)
Member, Communication Forum on Training for Allied Health & Pharmacy Professionals, Hospital Authority. (2016 – 2017)
Appointed to the Steering committee of the International Urolithiasis Society. (July 2016)
External Examiner for DHSc at Faculty of Health & Social Studies, PolyU. (2014)
Member of the Safety Officer Advisory Committee for The Commissioner for Labour, HKSAR. (Jan 2009 – Dec 2010)
Advisory Panel for Training & Development for Medical Laboratory Technologists, Hospital Authority. (2002 – 2004)
Section Examiner (2011) and Question-setter (2000-2010) for Clinical Biochemistry for the Medical Laboratory Technologists Board, Hong Kong.
Chairman (2004-07), Vice-Chairman (2000 & 2001) & Executive Committee member of Institute of Biology, HK Branch (1998 & 1999)
Joint Working Party on AL/ASL Biology syllabus of the Hong Kong Examination Authority and the Education Department (Dec. 1998)
Committee on the Development of Integrated Science & Technology, Curriculum Development Council, Education Dept. (2001 – 2003)
Chairman of the Education Committee of the Hong Kong Society of Clinical Chemistry. (Jan 2000 – Dec 2002)

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