Professor Wai Kit CHU

Wai Kit Chu

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Associate Head, Graduate Division of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences 
Assistant Professor Representatives to the Faculty Board of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The academic interests of Dr Chu focus on gene functions in various eye diseases as well as developing novel treatments for these diseases.  Dr Chu′s earlier work established molecular roles for helicases BLM and FBH1 in preserving genome stability.  Dr Chu′s work is supported by Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) of Hong Kong.  Dr Chu has been awarded with the United College Early Career Excellence Award and the SH Ho Visiting Professorship in 2019 and 2020 respectively.  Dr Chu has been leading active international collaborative research programmes with scientists and clinicians from USA, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, China, India, Singapore and Australia.

Dr Chu is currently the journal editor of Scientific ReportsInternational Journal of Molecular SciencesFrontiers in Ophthalmology, Heliyon and Hong Kong Journal of Ophthalmology. He also serves as reviewers of multiple journals including Nature CommunicationsProgress in Retinal and Eye ResearchBritish Journal of Ophthalmology and Experimental Eye Research.

Dr Chu has been serving in the Global Members Committee (GMC) of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology since 2022. Dr Chu has also been organizing the Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) since 2016 as the Secretary of the Visual Sciences Programme, Host Coordinator of the Visual Sciences Programme, Session Chair and Abstract Reviewer.