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Postgraduate Programme

Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC)

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DRPC Chairman:

DRPC member:

DRPC member:


  • to broaden the basis of decision-making on research postgraduate education matters at the departmental level;

  • to give advice to supervisors and supervisees on matters arising in the course of the latter's studies; and

  • to function as the departmental quality assurance machinery

Prospective Students

MPhil and PhD


Our Department welcomes MPhil and PhD students to conduct scientific research for advancement of knowledge in vision and its related diseases. We recruit persons with curiosity and enthusiasm as well as a love in puzzle-solving and an admiration at nature. 


Our academic staff members including clinicians and scientists are dedicated to provide high quality supervision, guidance and support to research postgraduate (RPg) students. As mentors and teachers, our professors provide training on various disciplines in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. RPgs also participate in active learning, equipping themselves to further cultivate their interests. There are numerous scholarships and career opportunities.


Students who are interested in RPg studies in the Department should contact a particular academic staff member or email to for detailed information.

Recent Publications

Publications by current postgraduates (2021): Postgraduates in bold

A systematic review on advances in diagnostics for herpes simplex keratitis.

Poon SHL, Wong WHL, Lo ACY, Yuan H, Chen CF, Jhanji V, Chan YK, Shih KC.

Surv Ophthalmol. 2021 May-Jun;66(3):514-530. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2020.09.008. Epub 2020 Nov 10. PMID: 33186564

Potential Effects of Nutraceuticals in Retinopathy of Prematurity.

Tsang JKW, Wolf SA, Pompoes IM, Joussen AM, Lam WC, Yang D, Lo ACY.

Life (Basel). 2021 Jan 22;11(2):79. doi: 10.3390/life11020079. PMID: 33499180

Electrical stimulation at nanoscale topography boosts neural stem cell neurogenesis through the enhancement of autophagy signaling.

He L, Sun Z, Li J, Zhu R, Niu B, Tam KL, Xiao Q, Li J, Wang W, Tsui CY, Hong Lee VW, So KF, Xu Y, Ramakrishna S, Zhou Q, Chiu K.

Biomaterials. 2021 Jan;268:120585. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2020.120585. Epub 2020 Dec 2. PMID: 33307364

Comment on "Fluid viscosity but not surface tension, determines the tamponade effect of intravitreal fluids in a novel in vitro eye model of retinal detachment" by A. Friehmann et al. (J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. Mater. 101 (2020) 103452).

Chan YK, Zhou L, Chen Y, Steel DH. 

J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2021 Jan;113:104128. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.104128. Epub 2020 Oct 12. PMID: 33068924

A Systematic Review on Cornea Epithelial-Stromal Homeostasis.

Wong HL, Poon SHL, Bu Y, Lo ACY, Jhanji V, Chan YK, Shih KC. 

Ophthalmic Res. 2021;64(2):178-191. doi: 10.1159/000509030. Epub 2020 May 29. PMID: 32474566


鄭檉雯, 術蓉, 孫中輕, 劉晉鋒, 蘇國輝, 趙健(2021) 科學通報

Zheng C W, Zhu R, Sun Z Q, et al. The effect of Goji with different origins or different extraction methods on primary mixed glial cells (in Chinese). Chin Sci Bull, 2021, 66: 1–1, doi: 10.1360/TB-2020-1323

Publications by current postgraduates (2020): Postgraduates in bold

Lycium barbarum Polysaccharide Suppresses Expression of Fibrotic Proteins in Primary Human Corneal Fibroblasts.

Kwok SS, Wong FS, Shih KC, Chan YK, Bu Y, Chan TC, Ng AL, Lo AC, Tong L, Yam GH, Jhanji V.

J Clin Med. 2020 Nov 6;9(11):3572. doi: 10.3390/jcm9113572. PMID: 33171906

A Systematic Review of Emerging Therapeutic Strategies in the Management of Chemical Injuries of the Ocular Surface.

Poon SHL, Wong WHL, Bu Y, Lo ACY, Jhanji V, Chan YK, Shih KC.

Eye Contact Lens. 2020 Nov;46(6):329-340. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000715. PMID: 32452924

Novel Programmed Cell Death as Therapeutic Targets in Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Yang M, So KF, Lam WC, Lo ACY.

Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Oct 1;21(19):7279. doi: 10.3390/ijms21197279. PMID: 33019767

Silicone oil in vitreoretinal surgery: indications, complications, new developments and alternative long-term tamponade agents.

Chen Y, Kearns VR, Zhou L, Sandinha T, Lam WC, Steel DH, Chan YK.

Acta Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep 15. doi: 10.1111/aos.14604. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32930501

Smart phone apps every ophthalmologist should know about.

Yang M, Lo ACY, Lam WC.

Int J Ophthalmol. 2020 Aug 18;13(8):1329-1333. doi: 10.18240/ijo.2020.08.21. eCollection 2020. PMID: 32821689.

Long-term lutein administration attenuates retinal inflammation and functional deficits in early diabetic retinopathy using the Ins2Akita/+ mice.

Wang W, Tam KC, Ng TC, Goit RK, Chan KLS, Lo ACY.

BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2020 Jul;8(1):e001519. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2020-001519. PMID: 32665315

The Effect of Lycium barbarum Polysaccharides on Pyroptosis-Associated Amyloid β1-40 Oligomers-Induced Adult Retinal Pigment Epithelium 19 Cell Damage.

Yang M, So KF, Lo ACY, Lam WC. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Jun 30;21(13):4658. doi: 10.3390/ijms21134658. PMID: 32629957 Free PMC article.

Lutein Supplementation for Eye Diseases.

Li LH, Lee JC, Leung HH, Lam WC, Fu Z, Lo ACY.

Nutrients. 2020 Jun 9;12(6):1721. doi: 10.3390/nu12061721. PMID: 32526861 Free PMC article. Review.

Comment on "Safety of silicone oils as intraocular medical device: An in vitro cytotoxicity study" by M. R. Romano et al. (Exp. Eye Res. Vol 194, May 2020, 108018).

Chen Y, Zhou L, Chan YK.

Exp Eye Res. 2020 Jun;195:108032. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2020.108032. Epub 2020 Apr 21. PMID: 32330483

Publications by current Postgraduates (2019): Postgraduates in bold

Experimental modeling of cornea wound healing in diabetes: clinical applications and beyond.

Bu Y, Shih KC, Kwok SS, Chan YK, Lo AC, Chan TCY, Jhanji V, Tong L.

BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2019 Nov 27;7(1):e000779. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000779. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31803484

Vascular and Neuronal Protection in the Developing Retina: Potential Therapeutic Targets for Retinopathy of Prematurity.

Tsang JKW, Liu J, Lo ACY.

Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Sep 3;20(17):4321. doi: 10.3390/ijms20174321. PMID: 31484463

A Systematic Review of Potential Therapeutic Use of Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides in Disease.

Kwok SS, Bu Y, Lo AC, Chan TC, So KF, Lai JS, Shih KC.

Biomed Res Int. 2019 Feb 12;2019:4615745. doi: 10.1155/2019/4615745. eCollection 2019. PMID: 30891458 Free PMC article.

Systematic Review on Therapeutic Strategies to Minimize Corneal Stromal Scarring After Injury.

Kwok SS, Shih KC, Bu Y, Lo AC, Chan TC, Lai JS, Jhanji V, Tong L.

Eye Contact Lens. 2019 Nov;45(6):347-355. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000584. PMID: 30724841

Electrical stimulation affects neural stem cell fate and function in vitro.

Zhu R, Sun Z, Li C, Ramakrishna S, Chiu K, He L.

Exp Neurol. 2019 Sep;319:112963. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2019.112963. Epub 2019 May 21. PMID: 31125549


中國中醫眼科雜誌, 2019 29(5), 397-400.

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