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Group Alumni

1.     Rex Szeto Chun Pong (BSc HKU)

        M. Phil.  Studies on the use of (triphenylphosphine)copper(I)-hydride hexamer in the tandem reduction-intramolecular aldol cyclisation                   reaction, 01/08/97 to 19/07/00

        Position after HKU:  Form 7 teacher:  Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School, Caldecott Rd. Hong Kong.


2.     Bin Chen,  (BSc Shanghai Medical University/Fudan University)

        Ph. D. Studies toward the total synthesis of pseudolaric acid A, 01/05/97 to 17/05/2001

        Position after HKU:  PDF @ Florida State University, Tallahasee, R. A. Holton Group; PDF:  University of Chicago, A. P. Kozikowski group

        Presently:  Research scientist, Lundbeck Research USA, Paramus, NJ, USA


3.     Rebecca Ko Yuen Yi, (BSc HKU)

        Ph. D. Synthetic studies of curcumol and its related natural products, 01/8/99 to 31/8/2003

        Presently:  Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, HKU SPACE.


4.     Zhe Geng, (MSc  Beijing Normal University)

        Synthetic studies towards pseudolaric acids, 01/11/00 to 31/5/04

        Position after HKU:  PDF@ University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, Alex Fallis Group

        Presently:  Synthetic chemist, Toronto Research Chemicals, Toronto, Canada


5.     Dr. Zhengning Li (Ph.D. Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics)

        Position after HKU:  PDF UK 1/10/2000-31/3/2001; 20/10/2003-49/07/2004

        Presently:  Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dalian University


6.     Skarlett Leung Sze Kar, (BSc HKU)

        Ph. D. Novel reactions of oxabicyclic compounds and reductive aldol cyclizations of activated alkynes, 01/09/99 to 31/8/04

        Presently:  Operations Manager, SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) Hong Kong Ltd.


7.     Dianna Poon Ch Yan, (BSc HKU)

        Undergraduate research thesis:  09/2000-05/2001

        Ph. D. Synthetic studies toward isaindigotidione, 01/07/00 to 29/10/04

        Presently:  Government Chemist, HK Government Laboratories.


8.     Dr. Xiaomei Zhang (Ph.D. Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry)

        Position after HKU:  PDF@University of Osnabruck,1/8/2001-21/2/2001

        Presently:  Professor, Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry


9.     Kelvin Fung Chi Ming, (BSc HKU)

        Ph. D. Synthesis and applications of copper hydride complexes in reductive reactions, 01/09/01 to 25/01/06

        Position after HKU:  Research scientist, Lonza Group Ltd. Switzerland (Guangzhou Research & Development Center, PR China)


10.   Secant Lam Sze Kui, (BSc HKU)

        Ph. D. Synthetic studies toward indicol, 01/09/01 to 23/03/06.  PDF:  HKU; with Prof. P. Chiu

        Position after HKU:  Research Scientist, Universal Display Corporation Hong Kong Ltd.


11.  Wing Ki Chung, (BSc HKU)

       Ph. D. Reductions using copper hydride and cycloaddition reactions using epoxy enol silanes, 01/09/01 to 01/06/06

       Presently:  SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) Hong Kong Ltd.


12.  Kenneth Chan Hoi Yu (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate research thesis 09/2002-05/2003


13.  Dr. Yunhong Zheng (Ph.D. Shanghai Medical University)

       PDF:  4/4/2002-30/9/2003

       Presently:  Assistant Director, Shanghai Chemexplorer Co. Ltd.


14.  Shuoliang Li, (BSc, MPhil Lanzhou U, PR China)

       Ph. D. Application of the Nazarov cyclization to the synthesis of guanacastepenes and taiwaniaquinoids, 01/01/02 to 31/12/06.

       Position after HKU:  PDF@ICES-ASTAR, Singapore, K. C. Nicolaou/D. Chen Group

       Presently:  Principal Scientist, Suzhou Novartis Pharma Technology Co., Ltd., China, 1/11/2009-present.


15.  Tianxi Zhou (BSc Shanghai Yeyu Pharmaceutical College

       RA:  26/3/2003-25/7/2003


16.  Kelvin Lau Chi Yin, (BSc HKU)

       Ph. D. Reductive Aldol Cyclizations Using Stryker’s Reagent and Polystyrene-supported Triphenylarsine in Carbon-carbon Bond Forming            Reactions, 01/09/2003 to 31/8/2007

       Position after HKU: Lecturer in Chemistry, Beacon College, Hong Kong and HKU SPACE


17.  Dr. Xingxian Zhang (Ph.D. Lanzhou University)

       PDF:  22/9/2003-17/9/2004

       Position after HKU:  Assistant professor, College of Pharmaceutical Science, Zhejiang University of Technology


18.  Bonnie Leung Lai To, (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate Research thesis:  09/2004-05/2005

       Ph. D.  Studies toward the Total Synthesis of C-14 Oxygenated Dolastane Natural Products, 01/08/2004 to 23/12/2008

       Position after HKU: Assistant Technical Manager, NAMI, Hong Kong


19.  Betty Law Yuen Kwan, (BSc HKUST; Co-supervisor Dr. Ben C. B. Ko)

       Ph. D. Study on the identification of small molecule activators of the autophagic pathway and elucidation of the mechanism of action                      1/1/2005-30/4/2009.

       Presently:  Assistant Professor, Macau Institute for Applied Research in Medicine and Health, Macau University of Science and Technology


20.  Dr. Ru Miao (Ph.D. ICCAS Beijing)

       PDF:  9/6/2005-31/12/2006

       Position after HKU:  PDF@ Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

       Presently:  Head of Chemical R&D, Suzhou Genepharma Co. Ltd. P. R. China


21.  David Wong Ka Yu (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate research thesis:  09/2005-05/2006

       Position after HKU:  HR executive, New World


22.  Ally Li Ninglin (BSc SYSU)

       M. Phil. Studies on the Reduction of Unsaturated Thioesters Using Copper Hydride, 1/12/07-28/02/10.

       Position after HKU: Chemist, Solve-Pro Scientific Research Ltd., Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin, N. T.:  08/2010 - 07/2011.


23.  Brian Lo Tsz Kiu, (BSc U Calgary)

       Ph. D. Intermolecular [4+3] cycloaddition reactions using epoxy enol silanes, 01/01/2006 to 28/02/2011.

       Presently:  SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) Hong Kong Ltd.


24.  Lok Lok Liu, (BSc SUNY Buffalo)

       Ph. D. Studies toward the total synthesis of (+)-cortistatin J via an intramolecular (4+3) cycloaddition, 01/09/2006 to 31/5/2011.

       Position after HKU:  Scientist R & D, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Asia Ltd.


       Most recent known position:  Principal Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company


25.  Alan Chan Yuk Lun (BSc HKU)

       RA:  06/2008-08/2008; 08/2009-11/2009

       Position after HKU: Sales Consultant, Astra Zeneca


26.  Dr. Gunnar Ehrlich (Ph.D. Univ of Hannover)

       DFG Postdoctoral Fellow:  10/2007-10/2008

       Position after HKU:  Department of Chemical Safety, Umwelt Bundes Amt. Germany


27.  Jack Ou Jun (BSc Hengyang Normal, MPhil South China Normal)

       Ph. D. Asymmetric Reactions Induced by Phase-tagged Phosphoric Acid Organocatalysts and Copper hydride-catalyzed Reductions of                Unsaturated Thioesters, 1/3/2010 to 3/2012.

       Position after HKU:  Research Chemist, Shenzhen Salubris Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.


28.  Johnny Wong Kong Ching (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate research thesis:  09/2007-05/2008

       Ph. D. Studies on the Copper Hydride Mediated Reductive Claisen Rearrangement, 01/08/2008 to 28/02/2013.

       Position after HKU:  Lecturer, Dept. of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, HKU


29.  John Chu Chun Kit (BSc HKU)

       HKU Faculty of Science ROYS program:  Summer 2007

       Undergraduate directed studies:  09/2008

       RA:  1/112010-15/8/2011

       Position after HKU: Ph.D. @Colorado State University (Ph.D. advisor:  Tom Rovis)

       Postdoctoral Fellow:  Cambridge University,  Matthew Gaunt Group


30.  Emily Lam Shuk Mei (BSc HKU)

       Ph. D. Studies on Diazoketone Rearrangements and Application toward the Synthesis of Welwistatin, 01/10/2008 to 30/6/2013.

       Position after HKU:  Research Executive, SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) Hong Kong Ltd.


31.  Dr. Guo Wei (Ph.D. SIOC)

       PDF:  12/02/2009-11/6/2013

       Position after HKU: Associate Professor, Key Laboratory of Natural Medicine and Immune Engineering, Henan University, P. R. China


32.  Sarah Lam Yan Yu (BSc HKU),

       Ph. D. Studies and Applications of Intermolecular (4 + 3) Cycloadditions of Epoxy and Aziridinyl Enolsilanes, 1/12/2009 to 30/11/2013.

       2014-2015: Research Engineer, NAMI, Hong Kong Ltd.

       Position after HKU: PDF@Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, C. C. Wang Group)

       Presently:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium


33.  Baojian Li (BSc South China Normal U; MPhil Sun Yat Sen U),

       Ph. D. Studies Toward The Total Synthesis Of Pseudolaric Acid B Via An Improved Carbene Cyclization Cycloaddition Cascade Strategy,            1/9/2009 to 31/3/2014.

       Position after HKU: PDF @Purdue University, Arun Ghosh group

       Presently:  Entrepreneur of chemical firm


34.  Liping Kuang (BSc China Univ of Geosciences; MSc Guangzhou Inst. Biomedicine & Health),

       Ph. D. Asymmetric Formal Total Synthesis Of Cortistatins A And J, 1/1/2010 to 31/5/2014.

       Position after HKU: PDF @ South University of Science and Technology, Xiyuan Liu group


35.  Michael Tang Kit Ho (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate directed studies:  2011


36.  Diana Chan (BSc, MPhil NTHU)

       Ph. D. Studies of transannular (4+3) cycloadditions and application to the synthesis of (+)-cortistatin A, 1/2/2011 to 31/12/2016.

       Presently:  Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London, Michael Porter Group


37.  Kevin Yu Yang (BSc ECUST, MPhil SIOC)

       Ph D.  Synthetic Studies towards (+)-Anthecularin. 01/09/2011 to 31/08/2015.

       Position after HKU: Postdoctoral Fellow @University of Texas at San Antonio, Michael P. Doyle group


38.  Samantha Chau Wai Lin (BSc CUHK)

       MPhil. Carbene Cyclization Cycloaddition Reactions of Macrocyclic Diazoketones, 01/09/2012 to 30/6/2015.

       Presently:  Dow Chemicals


39.  Elvis Ng Wang Hei (BSc Imperial Coll)

       Ph D. Studies On The Copper Hydride Mediated Reductive Claisen Rearrangement & Synthesis And Synthetic Applications Of C-Boron                Enolates, 01/09/2011 to 30/6/2016.

       Presently: Postdoctoral Fellow, HKU, P Chiu group


40.  Karen He Jiayun (BSc Sun Yat Sen U)

       Ph.D. " Investigation on the Intramolecular (4+3) Cycloadditions of Epoxy Enolsilanes, and Applications towards the Asymmetric Synthesis           of Himandrine, 01/09/2011 to 31/08/2016.

       Position after HKU: Technical Services Executive, SGS Hong Kong Ltd


41.  Benedict James Barron (MChem Bristol), Joint Ph.D. with Imperial College, Evaluation Of Asymmetric Catalysts In C–C And C–N Michael            Type Transformations, 01/9/2012 to 30/9/2016.

       Position after HKU: Medicinal Chemist, Domainex, Cambridge, UK


42.  Jesse Ling (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate Research thesis:  09/2011-05/2012

       Ph.D. Reactions of Epoxy and Aziridinyl Enolsilanes with Arenes, 01/09/2012 to 31/12/2016.

       Position after HKU:  Postdoctoral Fellow@Tufts University, Boston, Clay Bennett group


43.  Bill Chen Zhihua (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate Research thesis:  09/2013-05/2014

       Position after HKU:  PhD.@ Stanford University


44.  Sam Chan Hau Sun (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate research thesis:  09/2014-05/2015

       Position after HKU: Ph.D. @Oxford University, UK (Supervisor:  Jonathan Burton)


45.  Sarah Sharp (BSc, MChem Univ of Manchester)

       RA:  07/2015-06/2016

       Position after HKU: Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge UK


46.  Michael Fu Ho Cheong (BSc/BEd HKU)

       Undergraduate directed studies:  09/2016-12/2016

       Position after HKU: Teaching position in Secondary School


47.  Gordon Man Siu Hang (BSc HKU)

       Undergraduate research thesis:  09/2016-05/2017


48.  Mark Grimes (MSc Edinburgh)

       Undergraduate research thesis:  09/2016-05/2017

       Position after HKU: Completion of MSc studies at Univ of Edinburgh


49.  Jeff Jen-Chieh Wang (BSc HKU)

       University Research Fellowship summer research, and Undergraduate research thesis:  06/2017-05/2018

       Position after HKU: Ph.D. @ Univ Southern California


50.  Matthew Li Tin Lok (BSc HKU)

       Summer research fellowship:  Summer 2011

       Ph.D. Studies On The Copper Hydride Mediated Reductive Aldol Addition Via Enolborates & Its Applications, 01/09/2013 to 01/01/2018.

       Position after HKU:  Engineer, NAMI, Hong Kong

51.  Jerome Ng Pak Lam (BSc. Sheffield)

       Ph. D. Studies on the Intermolecular and Intramolecular (4+3) Cycloadditions of Epoxy and Aziridinyl Enolsilanes, 08/2013 to 01/2019

       Position after HKU:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau

52.  Tommy Kwan Hong Yuet (BSc. HKU)

       Undergraduate research thesis:  09/2018-05/2019

       Position after HKU:   Radiochemist Assistant, St. Teresa's Hospital, Hong Kong

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