On Friday 3 July, all staff of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole gathered for a very special happy hour to express their heartfelt and sincere thanks to Professor Malik Peiris, who is stepping down as Co-Director of HKU-Pasteur.
Malik Peiris co-directed the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole for 14 years alongside Professor Roberto Bruzzone, who welcome Malik by briefly remembering how his work has been significant to HKU-Pasteur and to science as a whole.
In the presence of Professor Keiji Fukuda, Director of the School of Public Health (HKU), Alexandre Giorgini, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Diane-Sophie Trevoux, Attachée for Education, University and Science, the evening went along in a very warm and friendly atmosphere.
Guests thanked him for his groundbreaking scientific work within the lab as well as his remarkable contribution in teaching, and highlighted how his discoveries, notably in the field of coronaviruses, have been decisive for the current response to the pandemic.
The evening was also the occasion to welcome his successor as co-director of HKU-Pasteur, Professor Leo Poon, Head of the Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences at the HKUMed School of Public Health. Leo Poon has been collaborating with HKU-Pasteur on many occasions, and it is with great pleasure that the staff welcomed him on Friday. The core of his scientific research is emerging viruses, with significant studies led on influenza research and groundbreaking discoveries in the field of coronaviruses, notably during the 2003 SARS epidemic and the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Collaborations with Professor Malik Peiris are meant to continue, and new projects are yet to come!
See you very soon Malik!