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Speaker Biography

Professor Lap-Chee Tsui

Professor Lap-Chee Tsui is the fourteenth Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong. Prior to his present appointment in September 2002, Professor Tsui was Geneticist-in-Chief and Head of the Genetics and Genomic Biology Programme of the Research Institute, at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He received international acclaim in 1989 when he identified the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a major breakthrough in human genetics. He has also made significant contributions to the study of the human genome, especially the characterization of chromosome seven, and, identification of additional disease genes. Professor Tsui is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Fellow of Academia Sinica, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has served on many national and international advisory committees and is currently member of the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission, Executive Committee of the Commission on Strategic Development and the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He received the Order of Canada (Officer), the Order of Ontario, Knight of the Légion d'Honneur of France, and Justice of the Peace (HKSAR). Professor Tsui was awarded a Master's Degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979.


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