Dr. WANG Lan awarded Croucher Tak Wah Mak Innovation Awards 2023
Dr. WANG Lan (HKUST)
Assistant Professor, Division of Life Science,
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
One of our LIFS faculty members, Dr. Wang Lan, Assistant Professor of the Division of Life Science, received the Croucher Innovation Award, 2023. Prof. SUN Dong, the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was the Guest of Honor at the ceremony.
Dr. Wang is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that determine the health of the mitochondria. Mitochondrial dysfunction underlies many human diseases. Additionally, Dr. Wang is also interested in discovering new mechanisms that regulate protein translation and how pathogens could exploit these mechanisms to manipulate the host cell for their own advantage.
Dr. Wang joined HKUST in 2022. She studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Tsinghua University and obtained her PhD at Harvard University. She subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF.
Croucher Innovation Awards
Established in 2012, the Croucher Innovation Awards aim to identify a small number of exceptionally talented scientists working at an internationally competitive level and to offer substantial support to these “rising stars” at a formative stage in their careers. The scheme is designed to enable recipients to pursue their own scientific, intellectual and professional inclinations, to advance their expertise, to engage in bold new work, and to contribute to the development of education and research in Hong Kong. Each award carries a value of up to HK$5 million over five years.