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IAS Scholars Receive Research Grants

According to the HKSAR Census and Statistics Department, Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) increased by 8% in 2017 compared to 2016. Nevertheless, the total research funding only accounted for 0.73% of Hong Kong’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), whereas nearby regions and other developed countries’ ratio of GERD to GDP is up to 4%. While the HKSAR government pledged to increase research funding through new measures and initiatives, seeking grants continues to be challenging for many researchers.

In the recent General Research Fund (GRF) grant application exercise, several IAS Senior Visiting Fellows and Junior Fellows who collaborated with HKUST professors and scholars, successfully received funding support. These funds will contribute to innovative research projects in diverse fields, including physics, life science, engineering, and sustainability, and will advance the impact of HKUST in Hong Kong.

Structure of Higgs Boson Interactions with Elementary Particles
Principal Investigator:Prof. Kirill PROKOFIEV, IAS Junior Fellow and Research Assistant Professor of Physics, HKUST
Co-Investigator:Prof. LUK Kam-Biu, University of California, Berkeley; IAS Senior Visiting Fellow

The Role of Two-pore Channel Type 2-mediated Ca2+ Release from Acidic Stores during Slow Muscle Cell Development in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Principal Investigator:Prof. Andrew MILLER, Professor of Life Science, HKUST
Co-Investigator:Prof. Antony GALIONE, University of Oxford; former IAS Senior Visiting Fellow (2011-2018)

Computational Framework to Identify Vaccine Targets against the Hepatitis C E2 Protein
Principal Investigator:Prof. Matthew MCKAY, Professor of Electronic & Computer Engineering, HKUST
Co-Investigators:Prof. John BARTON, University of California, Riverside

Prof. Arup CHAKRABORTY, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; IAS Senior Visiting Fellow

Loss of Nuclear Estrogen-related Receptor-α (ERRα) Activity Impairs Metabolic Plasticity and Mitochondrial OXPHOS in Neurons: Implications of Sex Differences Observed in Alzheimer’s Disease
Principal Investigator:Prof. Kim CHOW Hei-Man, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; former IAS Junior Fellow (2015 – 2019)
Co-Investigator:Prof. Karl HERRUP, Chair Professor of Life Science, HKUST

Nutrient Transport and Dynamics over the Northern Slope of the South China Sea
Principal Investigator:Prof. LU Zhongming, Research Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, HKUST; former IAS Junior Fellow (2017 – 2019)
Co-Investigator:Prof. GAN Jianping, Chair Professor of Mathematics and of Environment and Sustainability, HKUST

Physics-based Large-deformation Analysis of Coseismic Landslides: A Multiscale MPM-SEM Method with Case Studies
Principal Investigator:Prof. WANG Gang, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST
Co-Investigator:Prof. HUANG Duruo, Tsinghua University; former IAS Junior Fellow (2017 – 2019)

Impact Mechanisms of Debris Flows on Erodible Bed against Multiple Flexible Barriers: Large-scale Physical Modelling
Principal Investigator:Prof. Clarence Edward CHOI, The University of Hong Kong; former IAS Junior Fellow (2015 – 2019)
Co-Investigators:Mr. Kenneth HO Kin-Sang, Civil Engineering and Development Department, HKSAR Government

Prof. Sang-Seom JEONG, Yonsei University