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Dr. Michael Chi Ho CHAU
Senior Lecturer
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) 3725 6261
Fax: (852) 2783 8635
Dr Michael Chau joined Tung Wah College in Dec 2021.  He is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.  He received a doctorate in Biochemistry from the LKS Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong.  With the support from Croucher Foundation, he began his post-doctoral work on the biochemical roles of neuro-glycoconjugates at his alma mater and completed his postdoctoral research studies on the neuronal recovery from spinal cord injury in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at St. Louis University, USA.  In 2005-10, he was appointed Teaching Consultant at the Department of Biochemistry (HKU) and involved in teaching biochemistry and molecular biology for undergraduate medical, dental, nursing, science, and biomedical engineering programmes.  He later joined HKU SPACE as a Programme Director in designing and implementing programmes in medical biochemistry, pathobiology, applied toxicology, molecular diagnostic and analytical laboratory techniques for Biomedical and Biological Sciences.  He had previously served as the Program Leader to oversee all teaching-related activities in various sub-degree programmes for Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Edinburgh Napier’s BSc (Hons) in Biological Science programme offered in HKU SPACE.
PhD (Biochemistry), LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU
BSc (Hons) (Applied Biology), HKBU
Professional Qualifications/Memberships
Member, Hong Kong Society of Clinical Chemistry, HK
Honours and Awards (selected)
Croucher Fellowship, The Croucher Foundation (1998-2000)
Young Scientist Award, Scientific Committee of International Glycoconjugate Organization, Switzerland (1997)
Asian Young Scientist Fellowship, IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, Japan (1995)
Wong Ching Yee Medical Scholarship, The University of Hong Kong (1995)
Teaching Areas
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology; Human Physiology; Physical Chemistry
Research Interests
Glycoconjugate Biochemistry; Neurobiochemistry on Neuronal Recovery; Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and their metabolites for clinical diagnosis; Trace elements on Metabolic Syndromes
Funded Projects (Selected)
Daniel Heumann Fund for Spinal Cord Research, University of Louisville, USA (2003-05, Co-applicant)
CRCG High Degree Research Grant, The University of Hong Kong, HK (1993)
Publications (Selected)
  1. Karmen HT Wong and Michael CH Chau (2014) Application of mesenchymal stem cells therapy in heart failure. J. HKIMLS 14: 71-81.
  2. Zhang Y, Liu J, Chau CH and Shum, DKY (2006) Heparanse-syndecan-3 interaction in neurons of the adult spinal cord. Neurosignals 15(3): 133-4.
  3. Liu J, Chau CH, Liu HY, Li XG, Chan YS and Shum DKY (2006) Upregulated chondroitin 6-sulphotransferase facilitates Schwann cell migration and axonal growth. J. Cell Sci. 119: 933-42.
  4. Zhang Y, Yeung MN, Liu J, Chau CH, Chan YS and Shum, DKY (2006) Mapping heparanase expression in the spinal cord of adult rats. J. Comp. Neurol. 494: 345-57.
  5. Chau CH, Shum DKY and Xu XM (2004) Combinatorial strategies towards spinal cord repair: enhancement of the Schwann cell bridge and modification of the graft-host interface. Preclinica 2: 409-15.
  6. Chau CH, Shum DKY and Xu XM (2004) Towards spinal cord repair: strategies to overcome the glial scar. In Current Opinions on Neurology, pp. 157-69. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  7. Chau CH, Shum DKY, Li H, Pei J, Lui YY, Wirthlin L, Chan YS and Xu XM (2004) Chondroitinase treatment enhances axonal regrowth through Schwann cell-seeded guidance channels after spinal cord injury. FASEB J. 18: 194-6. (Epub 2003 Nov 20: 10.1096/fj.03-0196fje)
  8. Chau CH, Shum DKY, Chan YS and So K-F (1999) Heparan sulphates upregulate regeneration of transected sciatic nerves of adult guinea-pigs. Eur. J. Neurosci. 11: 1914-26.
  9. Chen LW, Chau CH, Lui YY and Shum DKY (1996) 星形膠質性蛋白多糖對大鼠胚胎皮層神經元貼附存活和生長的影響: 星形膠質細胞神經元的體外共培養研究Chin. J. Neuroanat. 13: 2-6.
  10. Shum DKY and Chau CH (1996) Changes in glycosaminoglycans during regeneration of post-crush sciatic nerves of adult guinea pigs. J. Neurosci. Res. 46: 465-76.
Professional/Community Contributions (Selected)
Since 2015
Review Editor of Frontiers in Pharmacology (Section: Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Drugs)
Review Editor of Frontiers in Oncology
Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

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