Hong Kong Researchers join iBOL Consortium
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June 21, 2021

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has officially joined the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium and its global research program, BIOSCAN.

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Dr. Jerome Hui, representative for Hong Kong on iBOL’s Science Committee.

Dr. Jerome Hui, an associate professor in CUHK’s School of Life Sciences and director of the biology program, will represent Hong Kong on iBOL’s Science Committee.

As an evolutionary biologist and zoologist interested in biodiversity conservation, Hui brings a wealth of research expertise in arthropods, cnidarians, and invertebrates. He also studies cross-kingdom interactions, and is interested in biotechnology, genomics, and molecular ecology.

Hui received a research grant in 2021 to participate in the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), which has strong research links to iBOL’s own BIOSCAN research program. Hui is using the leading-edge PacBio Sequel IIe System to sequence genomes of plants, animals, and fungi found within the areas in and around Hong Kong. His team is building a list of eukaryotic species of interest to the public and scientific communities.

Hui also leads research projects on agricultural pests commonly found in Hong Kong, sesquiterpeniods in animals, soil biodiversity, threatened/protected species, and the impacts of climate change on invertebrate animals.

Recognized for his exemplary teaching, Hui received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and postdoctoral training from the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford. He is an editorial board member for several scientific journals, and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group.

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