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Dr. Mabel Yin Chun YAU
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 1903, 19/F, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Ma Kam Chan Memorial Building, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 3190 6738
Fax: (852) 2783 8635
Dr. Mabel Yau is currently Assistant Professor of Department of Medical Science of Tung Wah College. She was formerly Scientific Office of Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Dr. Yau received her undergraduate training at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and continued her postgraduate studies at the University of Hong Kong, specialized in neuroendocrine, studying the hormonal effects of melatonin in megakaryocytes.  She had her postdoctoral training at University of Toronto for two summers investigating expressions of melatonin receptors in brain after ischemia using animal model.   She has been working on infection control, food safety, HACCP development, and functional foods.  She was invited to be the advisor and demonstrator in a video production on microbiological techniques for secondary school teachers and gave talks on food safety.  She has had over 10 years of experience in microbial examinations of meals for Hotel Nikko and Cathay Pacific Airline and was invited to conduct microbial examination of drinking water and recreational water for her former institute.
Dr. Yau had been visiting lecturer of SPACE, University of Hong Kong.  She was a pioneer in web based teaching and learning.  She developed series of e-Learning resources in Biotechnology and pharmaceutical studies, Laboratory Safety as well as studies in animal and human physiology.  Dr. Yau had also been modulator and facilitator of theme based educational summer camps for the secondary school pupils and work-integrated educational projects for university freshmen in biotechnological and science discipline.  She had also been facilitating and organizing study trips for students of Occupational Therapy (OT) and Nursing, providing therapeutic services to residents of elderly homes overseas as well as having collaborations with different non-government organizations and tertiary institutes.   She was awarded ‘Outstanding Performance and Achievement’ by Hong Kong Polytechnic University and ‘Teaching Excellence Award’ by Tung Wah College.
Dr. Yau also participates in programme validation and accreditation exercises at work.  Currently she is collaborating with a private hospital in promotions and studies of infection control and is invited reviewer of refereed journals.  Dr. Yau also holds a Master degree in English studies and has publications in the field of Cantonese opera and writer of health related columns.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
Ph.D. (Physiology), Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, 2001
MA (English), Faculty of Communication, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  2005
BSc. (Hons IIA) in Biology and Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science and Textile,Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1995
ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems Implementation Course, Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency, 2014
ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems Auditor Certificate, Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency, 2013 
Full Technological Certificate, City and Guilds of London Institute, 1986
Author Identifications
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5319-6313
Scopus Author ID:  7006864976
Ph.D. (Physiology), Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, 2001
MA (English), Faculty of Communication, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  2005
BSc. (Hons IIA) in Biology and Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science and Textile, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1995
Honours and Awards
2023       HAPS Poster Award. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, 37th Annual Conference
2019       Teaching Excellence Award, Tung Wah College
2018      Scholarship.  Poster presentation at conference.  “A Pilot Study of Hand Hygiene Among Foreign Domestic Helpers of Hong Kong”   The 30th ICC 2017  International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection 2017, Taipei, Taiwan.
2017      Best Presentation.  Keynote Speech.  ICFSP:  19th International Conference on Food Safety and Packaging. World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology, Singapore.
2016       Scholarship.   Poster presentation at conference.  The 7th HKICNA Conference (IICC), Hong Kong.
2015       Scholarship.  Poster presentation.    The 7th International Congress of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC 2015) Combating Infection for Global Health, Taiwan.
2014       Scholarship.  Advanced Infection Control Course for Health Care Professionals Environmental and Hospital Renovation Issues in Infection Control. 
2002       Outstanding General Grade Staff, Department ABCT, Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
2002/2003 Outstanding Performance Achievement Awards for Non-academic Staff  Faculty Award. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Teaching Areas
  • Human Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Infection Control
  • Microbiolog
Research Interests
  • Neuroendocrine
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Infection Control
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health (Cognitive impairment)
Funded Projects (Selected)

2021  Co-PI:  A mechanistic study on the combined use of esculetin and probiotics in preventing Parkinson’s disease in mice. (UGC/FDS25/M03/21) Amount:  $1,248,950

2022 Co-I :  Cure of Epstein-Barr virus in nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells through combinational CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cas13 targeting, UGC/FDS17/M07/22, Amount:  826,457

2022 Co-I:  Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on cognition in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A randomized controlled trial  UGC/FDS17/M06/22  Amount:  1,359,465

2018  PI.  “Enhancement of Elderly Social Life and Psychological Well-being through Multisensory Board Game Activities”.  School of Medical and Health Sciences, Tung Wah College.  Budget:  HK$30,000

 2016  PI.  ‘Surveillance of Microbial Resistance and Food Safety of Local Street Food” School of Medical and Health Sciences, Tung Wah College.  Budget:  HK$66,450

2016  PI:  Multidisciplinary Supports for HIV “Red Ribbon in Action” AIDS Education Funding Scheme, Red Ribbon Centre, Department of Health, HKSAR.  Ref: RRA 2016II_09.  Budget:  HK$7,000

2015 C0-I.  “Intra-Hospital Hand Hygiene Promoting Scheme in Veterinary Hospital – to prevent nosocomial infections and potential community infection”. School of Medical and Health Sciences, Tung Wah College.  Budget:  HK$42,000

2015   PI  Getting to know HIV/AIDS “Red Ribbon in Action”  AIDS Education Funding Scheme, Red Ribbon Centre, Department of Health, HKSAR.  Ref:  RRA 2015II_05.   Budget:  HK$7,000

2012  PI:  “Infection Control with Behavioural and Operational HACCP Management of on Food Hygiene in a Local Hospital”.    Funding: HK$59,000; Funding Source, Departmental Research Grant, Tung Wah College.

Publications (Selected)

Yin Chun Mabel Yau*, Tsz Shan Edith Cheung, Xiangyan Fiona Chen, Chi Ming Wong,* (2022)   Use of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences Model to Enhance Research Interest of Hong Kong Health Professional Undergraduate Students.  8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAD’22)  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAd22.2022.14498

MYC Yau, PL Tang and NM Luk (2020).  Prevalence, attitude and risk knowledge towards body art among Hong Kong college students:  a single institution study.  Hong Kong Journal of Dermatology and Venereology.  28, 3, 93-99.

Mabel Yin Chun Yau, Karen Kam Leng Chong, Mark Cheuk Man, Tsang, Rajwinder Kaur, Vivian Au, Liu Miu Lam, Yat Kiu Tong, and  Pak Lai Tang. (2020) The Efficacy of Vitamin D fortified Milk and Vitamin D Supplement in the Chinese Population –A Pilot Study.  Peer Reviewed Full Proceeding, NAPA2019, Pg 87-101

Mabel Yin‐Chun Yau, Lu Xu, Chien‐Ling Huang and Chi‐Ming Wong. (2018) Long Non‐Coding RNAs in Obesity‐Induced Cancer. NonCoding RNA, 4 (3), 19.    https://doi.org/10.3390/ncrna4030019

Wong, C.M., Xu, L., and Yau, M. Y.C. (2018). Alternative mRNA Splicing in the Pathogenesis of Obesity.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19 (2) 632.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19020632

Mabel Yau Yin Chun, Timothy Chun Ho Lee, Sze Wai Wong, Eugene Chun Ho Lee and Pak Lai Tang (2017).  A Pilot Study of Hand Hygiene Among Foreign Domestic Helpers of Hong Kong.   International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 50 S2, S147  http://dspace.twc.edu.hk/jspui/handle/123456789/906

Mabel Yau Yin Chun, Karen Chong Kam Ling, Li Tze On,  Kaur R (2017).  Effective Hand Hygiene with Individual hand Microbial Profiles Through Validating Scores Bioluminescene Assay with Actual Microbial Load. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control Asia Regional Integration Center (ARIC) Publication, 2017, 6 (S2):25 pg 15-16.

Ching Yee Kwok, Candy Ngai Yan Wong, Mabel Yin Chun Yau, Peter Hoi Fu Yu, Alice lai Shan Au, Christina Chui Wa Poon, Sai Wang Seto, Tsz Yan Lam, Yiu Wa Kwan, shun Wan Chan. (2010)   Consumption of dried fruit of Crataegus pinnatifida (hawthorn) suppresses high cholesterol diet-induced hypercholesterolemia in rats   Journal of Functional Foods  Vol II, 2 ,   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jff.2010.04.006

Teo I.T.N., Tang J.C.O., Chui C.H., Cheng, G.Y.M., Yau M.Y.C. Lau F.Y., Wong R.S.M,  Leung T.W.T., Cheung, F., Ho K.P., Cheng, C.H.,  Chan A.S.C. (2004)   Superoxide anion is involved in the early apoptosis mediated by Gleditsia sinensis fruit extract.  International Journal of Molecular Medicine. 13; 909-913, 2004.  https://doi.org/10.3892/ijmm.13.6.909

Yau, M.Y.C., C.S. Pang, G. Kravtsov, S.F. Pang and S.Y.W. Shiu.  2[125I]Iodomelatonin binding melatonin sites in guinea pig platelets. Journal of Pineal Research 34: 242 - 248 (2002).   https://doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-079x.2002.1822.

Community/ Professional Contributions (Selected)
2003 - Present 
Community Service: 
- Elderly Home visits and services local and overseas in collaboration with occupational therapists and non-government organizations (local:  Culture Homes, Sheng Kung Hui and Lok Sin Tong; Overseas: Taipei)
- Elderly service in collaboration with Cantonese Opera Troupes
- Food safety advice and service in private hospital.
- support infection control surveillance in private hospital.

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