Prof. Robert Ko is a Professor in the Division of Life Science at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). After graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he went on to Canada and obtained his Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of British Columbia in 1990. Since then Prof. Ko returned to Hong Kong to pursue his research work on Chinese herbal medicine at HKUST. Prof. Ko is known for applying molecular and cell biology technique to the study of Chinese tonic herbs, with the focus on antioxidant and immunomodulatory actions. Prof. Ko has so far received over 23 million (HK) funding and his research output has been published in both pharmacological and Chinese medicine journals. Prof. Ko’s latest research interest is antioxidant mechanism(s) of Chinese tonic herbs with focus on the regulation of cellular glutathione redox status. The investigation of pharmacological basis of Yang/Qi-invigoration in Chinese medicine is his other research expertise. Prof. Ko has so far edited three books and published more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters on related topics. Prof. Ko is also a pioneer in developing proprietary Chinese herb-based health products and skincare products in Hong Kong. In this connection, he has been granted 3 US Patents and 1 European Patents. Prof. Ko served in the Chinese Medicines Board of the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong from 1999-2005.