14 Sep 2018

The Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau Alexandre Giorgini visits HKU-Pasteur

Two weeks after his introduction as the new Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Alexandre Giorgini made a point to visit HKU-Pasteur Research Pole to emphasis the support of France to the laboratory, and moreover, to research in general.

After visiting the facility, he took the time to meet the team at HKU-Pasteur and to discuss with our team leaders, Chris Mok, Sophie Valkenburg and Suki Lee, to better understand the missions and the challenges in HKU-Pasteur.

The Consul General reaffirmed that the joint laboratory, established by Institut Pasteur and HKU, is a great model of the collaborative success between France and Hong Kong, and an example of cooperation for future projects.

14 Sep 2018

[Testimonial] Marie Laclide, summer intern at HKU-Pasteur

Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your studies and why you choose HKU-Pasteur for your internship?

I am a French fourth-year medical student in Bordeaux, France. I did this two-months summer internship as a part of the research program my university proposes. As my dream speciality is infectious diseases, it is very naturally that I thought about the Institut Pasteur International Network. Also, Hong Kong was the ideal match for me as I used to live in China before and initially planned to practice Chinese. 

Can you tell us about your experience here for the last two months?

At first, I was trained by João Pombo, who is a Mphil student here in HKU-Pasteur. He is very passionate about his work and has the talent of passing along his passion. I was very lucky to have him as a tutor and he was the most supportive and available, always answering the thousands of questions I had with kind patience.

As soon as I got used to the lab, I started working on my internship project, which was a small sliver of a much larger project. The fact that I had to cope with all aspects of scientific projects, from the design and planning of the experiments to their performance really made it a thrilling experience.

What are your plans for the future?

Before this internship, I had never really considered working in a lab but I was surprised to find out a stimulating and creative atmosphere in the lab, I loved the comradery, and how people have a profession where they can explore their curiosity and people give them freedom to do whatever they want.