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Prof. Kannie Wai Yan CHAN


Director & Scientist, Hong Kong Centre for Cerebro-Cardiovascular Health Engineering (COCHE)

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong


Prof. Chan received her BSc and PhD degrees from The University of Hong Kong. She completed post-doctoral fellowship in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHMI), and became an Assistant Professor in 2014. She joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong in 2016, became Associate Professor in 2019, and became Professor in 2023. She is the deputy program leader at the department, and the Director of Hong Kong Centre for Cerebro-cardiovascular Health Engineering. She is also an adjunct faculty of JHMI.

Prof. Chan's research focuses on the development of biomaterials and imaging approaches to facilitate the clinical translation of cancer therapy and cell therapy, and early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. She applies CEST MRI to image glucose utilization in the brain, which have implications on diagnosis and therapy in many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Her team develops various techniques to effectively image and deliver drugs/cells to the brain non-invasively. She published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, including a cover article in Nature Materials, Science Advances and Theranostics; and leading imaging journals, including NeuroImage, Magn Reason Med and NMR in Biomed.

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