Professor Wai Yee Chan

Director, School of Biomedical Sciences,

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chan obtained his B.Sc. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, the United States. Prior to returning to Hong Kong in 2009, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. He also served as chief of the Division of Genetics and Metabolic Diseases from 1998-2000 and director of the Molecular Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory from 1993-2000, at the Georgetown University Medical Center. In 2001, he helped the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in founding the Laboratory of Clinical Genomics. He was later appointed head and principal investigator of the Section on Developmental Genomics, NICHD concurrent with his appointment at Georgetown University.

Professor Chan is a past president of the Association of Chinese Geneticists in America and served on the International Advisory Board of Peking University Center of Medical Genetics from 2007-2009. He is currently a member of the Academic and Technical Committee of the National Research Center for Assisted Reproductive Technology and Reproductive Genetics, Jinan, Shandong, China and the Director of the CUHK-Beijing Genome Institute Innovation Institute of Transomics. His expertise is in developmental genomics and epigenomics, germinal stem cell biology, and molecular genetics of reproductive and endocrine disorders. He is a recipient of the 1988 Merrick Award for Outstanding Biomedical Research from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the 2008 Presidential Award from the Association of Chinese Geneticists in America.