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Hogan Wai: "I'll always be proud to be a Pasteurian!"

PhD student Hogan shares his views on conducting research at HKU-Pasteur. An inspiring testimony highlighting the academic background diversity at HKU-PRP!


Can you tell us a bit about your background before joining HKU-PRP?

Prior to joining HKU-PRP, I received my undergraduate education in business school. Although I was trained in a discipline unrelated to microbiology and epidemiology, I decided to make the switch to scientific research as I wanted to fulfill my desire to conduct research in allergic diseases.


What is your topic of research?

My topic of research is on the role of the gut and skin microbiome in allergic diseases. Using a combination of both wet lab and bioinformatics techniques, I am investigating how Staphylococcus strains play a role in a chronic inflammatory skin disease called atopic dermatitis. The goal of my research is to develop a greater understanding of these strains that are involved in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis and pave the road for developing new therapeutics and treatment modalities in this area.


How did you learn about HKU-PRP? What made you choose this place?

While looking for a research assistant position to upgrade my lab abilities, I came across HKU-PRP. There were two main factors that influenced my decision to choose this research center: the international background of PI's and the collaborative spirit among researchers within and outside HKUPRP.


Can you tell us a bit about your supervisors and team at HKU-PRP?

My supervisors at HKU-PRP have played a critical role in my development as a young scientist. I am particularly grateful for Dr. Hein Min Tun and Dr. Roberto Bruzzone's support and mentorship during this PhD journey. At the same time, I am also in debt to my fellow friends and colleagues that have provided me with helpful suggestions and tips. Beyond the serious academic work at HKU-PRP, I have shared many wonderful moments of laughter and joy with the HKU-PRP family and will always be proud to be a Pasteurian!

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