16th HKU Research Postgraduate Symposium: Jimmy LAI awarded

Congratulations to Jimmy who was awarded best oral presentation of the "Infection & Immunology and Public Health" session and was ranked 2nd runners-up at the plenary session. Jimmy LAI is a PhD student studying influenza virus-receptor interaction at atomic level using Saturation Transfer Difference - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (STD-NMR) spectroscopy under the supervision of Prof John NICHOLLS and Dr Jean-Michel GARCIA.

The 16th Research Postgraduate Symposium (RPS) was held on December 7 & 8, 2011 at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. Introduced in 1996, the RPS provides a platform for research postgraduate students to present and share their exciting ideas and progress in research.


This year, 6 students from HKU-Pasteur Research Centre delivered poster or oral presentations of their research work.


Oral presentations:

  • "Experimental Analysis of the Mutational Rate of Influenza Virus", CHEUNG Peter Pak-Hang, PhD Candidate, Department of Microbiology

  • "Susceptibility of Subsets of Human Macrophages to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza A infection", DUTRY Isabelle Cecile Angele, PhD Candidate, School of Public Health

  • "STD-NMR as a Novel Method to Study Influenza Virus-receptor Interaction", LAI Jimmy Chun Cheong, PhD Candidate, Department of Microbiology

  • "Human Annexin A6 Interacts with the Influenza A Virus M2 Protein and Negatively Modulates Infection", MA Jason Huailiang, PhD Candidate, Department of Microbiology


Poster presentations:

  • "Differential Infection of Classical or Alternative Activated Human Macrophages by Pandemic H1N1 Influenza A Virus", LI Daniel Jibin, MPhil Candidate, Department of Pathology

  • "Evaluation of H274Y Neuraminidase Mutation for Pandemic and Seasonal H1N1 Influenza A Virus", WONG Diana Dik Yan, MPhil Candidate, Department of Microbiology

Two candidates who presented the best poster in each theme were awarded a Certificate of Merit, and one presenter with the best performance in each of the oral presentation sessions were invited to present again at the Plenary Session, during which a panel of adjudicators selected one presenter for the Best Presentation Award. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners-up were also awarded a prize and a trophy.