I decided to stay at HKUST after my undergraduate studies here because I have found comfort in our beautiful seaside campus equipped with great research facilities and lab-mates which make me feel I belong. At the same time, I can always count on my inbox for news about exciting seminars, conferences and other opportunities not only taking place at the university, but also in Hong Kong and abroad. This is the little nudge that I need to step outside my own comfort zone and those comforts offered by HKUST. Fortunately, the university provides financial support to students wishing to attend such events; I am particularly excited in participating in the International Zebrafish Conference next summer. In the coming four years, I look forward to strengthening my technical skills as a scientist (making use of the great zebrafish facilities at HKUST) and growing up to be a more mature person. I believe HKUST is the perfect place for me to do so.
Through the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP), I have learned and understood more about different cultures in Asia, especially about the relations between China and Japan. Also, the one-month summer camp organized by AFLSP has taught me about the problems that the countries in Asia were facing and how we could help fix them through different discussions. What's more, I have made some great friends whom I treasure for life.
With a passion for exploring the unexplored, I began my research journey during my undergraduate studies at HKUST. I have been focusing on identifying the exposure pathways in the etiology of Balkan endemic nephropathy (BEN) and finding solutions for the outstanding contamination. The project is in collaboration with a Serbian researcher and one of our publications was awarded the 2016 JAFC Research Article of the Year Award Lectureship (AGRO division). Besides conducting research, I have presented my research work in local symposium and participated in research fund applications for my projects, which are invaluable experiences to pave my way to research professorship in the future.
Elizaldy specializes in the study of oceanic acidiﬁcation, examining its impact on marine organisms. A field of critical importance to the future of marine wildlife in his native Philippines, he is looking to address the knowledge gaps existing around the eﬀects of acidiﬁcation on diet quality and across generations of marine fauna. Despite the fact that Elizaldy’s research is in its early stages, his work shows much promise and the ﬁrst chapter of his thesis has already been published. Moreover, it has the potential to lend greater understanding to how climate change impacts the physiological performance of marine wildlife, as well as the mechanisms behind how organisms adapt to climate change.
My experience at HKUST has been very rewarding. The university has provided me with the resources I need to develop and grow and it has helped me broaden my perspective of the world.
Following the completion of his BSc and MPhil at HKUST, Franco was selected by the Hong Kong Government to receive the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Award and pursue his studies at the doctorate level. A cell biologist by training and interest, his PhD research is centered on the cytoskeletal machinery of higher eukaryotic cells, particularly in relation to cell splitting and formation. A critical area of research in cell biology, Franco’s work has demonstrated the potential to be a fundamental part of research into cancer treatments...
Competent and diligent students, the acceptance and tolerance of diversified views, as well as its zooming and booming status, have made HKUST fertile soil for the nourishment and nurture of young scholars. All these are important factors that have allowed me to survive and thrive in the academia, and so I can proudly say I would never trade my years at HKUST for anything.
What comes to your mind when we talk about a post-doctoral fellow in Physics? If you have the image of a bookworm burying himself in equations and formulae, you are bound to be disappointed. Dr Guancong Ma, a postdoctoral fellow at HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), is a marathon and Trailwalker enthusiast who is also into deep-sea diving and professional photography. From the northern lights to diverse marine species, his photos show the colorful and exciting life of the photographer himself...
After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Physics, I further pursue my doctoral study in Applied Mathematics. My research passion is to convert scientific theories into application and use mathematical techniques to solve daily life problems. The research focus of my PhD study is on satellite remote sensing, meteorology and atmospheric fluid dynamics, which is mainly about developing techniques for obtaining high resolution and accurate spatial pollutant concentration profiles around the world. As a doctoral student, I am motivated to learn new things every day and I also enjoy brainstorming new ideas with people at overseas conferences. The PhD education at HKUST has equipped me with an inquisitive and analytical mind to embrace challenges in my academic journey.
As a PhD student at HKUST, I realize life here is full of challenges, which always go along with chances, the chance to turn you into a good researcher and the chance to teach you how to deal with unfamiliar or even difficult situations with calm and confidence. Finally you just find with no surprise that after years of training in HKUST, you are already fully-prepared for a challenging and exciting future. HKUST life helps me enjoy my present life, and will also enable me to enjoy my life in the future.