Department of Biochemistry
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
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, U.K. and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, U.K. in Molecular Biology. After postdoctoral research in 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 an expert in understanding gene regulation and function and how mutations cause disease, with an emphasis on the skeletal system and the inner ear. She has contributed insights into the regulation and function of genes in vivo and the molecular pathogenesis of disease by generating transgenic mice and mouse models and by studying human degenerative skeletal disorders especially degenerative disk disease (DDD).
She is the founding President of Hong Kong Society for Developmental Biology and was the President of the International Society for Matrix Biology 2006-2008. She was the Director of an Hong Kong University Grants Council Area of Excellence Programme “Developmental Genomics & Skeletal Disease’ an 8 year multidisciplinary programme (2005-2013) involving scientists and clinicians combining molecular, biochemical, cellular, developmental and in vivo models with genomic, genetic and clinical studies, to address key issues in skeletal biology. Along those same lines, she is currently the Director of the Theme-Based Research project addressing "Functional analyses of how genomic variation affects personal risk for degenerative skeletal disorders" (2013-2018).