After receiving his B.A. in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Mak pursued his postgraduate research at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Francis Crick Institute) and obtained his Ph.D. from University College London in 2000. He then joined Professor Gary Ruvkun’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School for postdoctoral research on genetic regulation of diapause and lipid metabolism in the nematode C. elegans. From 2006-2013, he was a faculty member at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and led an independent research group that studied cellular regulation of fat storage and mobilization. During this period, he received the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award. In 2013, he joined the Division of Life Science at the HKUST as an Associate Professor.