Kathryn Song Eng CheahPhD
Professor Kathryn Cheah is Chair Professor of Biochemistry at The University of Hong Kong. She received a BSc degree in Biology from the University of London, the U.K. and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, the U.K. in Molecular Biology. After postdoctoral research at the University of Manchester (UK) and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, she joined the University of Hong Kong in 1983. She was Head of the Department of Biochemistry from 1997-2009 and Director of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Centre for Reproduction, Development, and Growth from 2004-2009. She is Convenor of the University’s Strategic Research Theme on Development & Reproduction.
She was awarded a Croucher Foundation Senior Fellowship in 2000 and was elected Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2013. She was the founding President of the Hong Kong Society for Developmental Biology (HKSDB) serving from 2004 to 2013 during which time she represented Hong Kong in the Asia-Pacific Developmental Biology Network (APDBN) and the International Society of Developmental Biology. She was the President of the International Society for Matrix Biology 2006-2008. In 2012 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society of Differentiation.
She was Co-Vice-Chair and Co-Chair for the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) on Cartilage Biology and Pathology in 2009 and 2011 respectively. In 2012 she was appointed to the GRC Advisory Board for Hong Kong. She has organized several Croucher Foundation Advanced Study Institutes on Genetics and on Stem Cells and actively promotes public understanding of science.