Health@INNOHK
Centre for
Immunology & Infection
Healthy Human Global Project – Hong Kong
Defining the boundaries of a healthy immune system
Public health capacity and basic research on virus pathogenesis - major emphasis on emerging infectious diseases
Including Mosquito-Borne Viruses
Season Influenza
And Emerging Respiratory Viruses
C2i advances health by improving the effectiveness of future public health
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Health@INNOHK
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Centre for Immunology & Infection (C2i) addresses significant public healthcare challenges through the establishment of a novel technology platform for biomarker discovery and the development of new vaccine and therapeutic strategies. The Centre enhances Hong Kong’s knowledge-based economy and provides state-of-the-art training for the local population.
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MANAGING DIRECTOR
Professor Leo POON
  • Professor and Division Head, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
  • Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
  • Principal Investigator, Centre for Immunology & Infection
  • Expert in various Working Groups of the World Health Organisation for emerging viruses
  • BSc(HKBU), MPhil(CUHK), DPhil(Oxon), FFPH (UK)
CO-Director
Professor Malik PEIRIS
  • 2021 Future Science Prize in Life Sciences
  • Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science
  • Professor, Chair of Virology, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
  • Honorary Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole 
  • MBBS, FRCPath, D Phil (Oxon), FHKAM (Path), FRCP, FRS
Co-Director
Professor Roberto BRUZZONE
  • Professor, The Institut Pasteur
  • Visiting Professor, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
  • Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
  • Chair of the International Severe Acute Respiratory & Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC)
  • MD
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HKU President visits InnoHK@HKU R&D Centres’ laboratories

Professor Xiang ZHANG, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, visited some of our R&D Centres’ laboratories at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.
Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre, Centre for Immunology & Infection, Centre for Translational Stem Cell Biology, Laboratory for Synthetic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Centre for Virology, Vaccinology and Therapeutics
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28 Sep 2022
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We are actively hiring

Our R&D Centres are actively looking for talents. Check back from time to time to see the constantly updated job vacancies that would be the right fit for you.
Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health, Centre for Transformative Garment Production, Hong Kong Quantum AI Lab, Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre, Centre for Immunology & Infection, Centre for Oncology and Immunology, Centre for Translational Stem Cell Biology, Laboratory for Synthetic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Centre for Virology, Vaccinology and Therapeutics
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14 Jul 2022
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C2i and HKU lead way to benchmark immune health and shape future of precision medicine

Centre for Immunology & Infection is launching the Healthy Human Global Project - Hong Kong to help improve local and global public health and create the next generation of personalized care and precision medical interventions.
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Press Release
21 Jun 2022
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InnoHK Launch Ceremony marks milestone in promoting HK’s I&T development

InnoHK Launch Ceremony was held today (May 25) at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP). It marked a milestone in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government's commitment to promoting Hong Kong's innovation and technology (I&T).
Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health, Centre for Transformative Garment Production, Hong Kong Quantum AI Lab, Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre, Centre for Immunology & Infection, Centre for Oncology and Immunology, Centre for Translational Stem Cell Biology, Laboratory for Synthetic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Centre for Virology, Vaccinology and Therapeutics
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25 May 2022
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Omicron variant can multiply 70 times faster than other strains in lower respiratory tracts of hosts

South China Morning Post reports Michael Chan and team findings and warns the overall threat could be “very significant”, although there could be lower infection severity.
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Media Articles
16 Dec 2021
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Development of the world’s first stainless steel that kills the COVID19 virus within hours

Leo Poon and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (HKU) developed the world's first stainless steel that kills the COVID19 virus within hours. 
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Corporate News
08 Dec 2021
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HKU has the greatest share of nine research laboratories admitted to the Government’s InnoHK Research Clusters

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is playing a leading role in InnoHK, a major initiative of the Hong Kong Government to develop Hong Kong as a hub for global research.
Nine research laboratories, the most among local universities, are established at HKU with a funding of over $3 billion over five years.
Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health, Centre for Transformative Garment Production, Hong Kong Quantum AI Lab, Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre, Centre for Immunology & Infection, Centre for Oncology and Immunology, Centre for Translational Stem Cell Biology, Laboratory for Synthetic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Centre for Virology, Vaccinology and Therapeutics
Press Release
14 Oct 2021
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Congratulations Professor Peiris!

We are very proud to share that Professor Malik Peiris won the Future Science Prize in life sciences alongside Professor Yuen Kwok-yung(HKUMed) for the discoveries of SARS-CoV-1 as the causative agent for the global SARS outbreak in 2003 and its zoonotic origin, with impact on combating COVID-19!
Centre for Immunology & Infection
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13 Sep 2021
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Leo Poon to coordinate major UGC funded TRS 2021/2022 Project

The University Grant Council has announced the results of the Theme-based Research Scheme 2021/22 funding approval on 13 July with eight research proposals awarded total funding of $415 million.
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Press Release
13 Jul 2021
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New Study Compares Antibody Level in BioNTech and Sinovac Vaccine Recipients

Co-signed by Malik Peiris in the Lancet Microbe, the study has found that recipients of the BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have 10 times more antibodies than those who took Sinovac.
Centre for Immunology & Infection
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12 May 2021
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Interview of Michael Chan for RTHK

RTHK came to C2i to ask Dr Michael Chan questions about his recent breakthrough study on Simeprevir as a potent treatment for COVID-19.
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Media Articles
12 May 2021
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First participants vaccinated in HKU trial to test COVID-19 vaccines in healthy adolescents

Investigators of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and the School of Public Health, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, are now launching the COVID-19 Vaccination in Adolescents (COVA) study. 300 healthy adolescents aged 11 years or above and their parents will be offered one of the COVID-19 vaccines available in Hong Kong of their choosing.
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Press Release
11 May 2021
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Welcome to C2i!

Guided by Malik Peiris, Managing Director, and Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director, C2i’s guests, including Mr Alexandre Giorgini, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Prof. John Kao, Head of Biomedical Technology Cluster (HKSTP), and Mr Hailson Yu, COO of HKU Innovation Holdings Limited
Centre for Immunology & Infection
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30 Apr 2021
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