Dr Zhu, Huachen 朱華晨
- Discovery of novel virus species and unknown virome in animals and humans;
- Ecology and evolution of emerging RNA viruses;
- Molecular basis of the pathogenicity and transmissibility of influenza viruses;
- Next generation sequencing and its applications in the study of emerging infectious diseases;
- Oncolytic viruses and virotherapy.
Dr Huachen Zhu is Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Adjunct Professor at the Shantou University (STU). She serves as Associate Director of the Joint Institute of Virology (STU/HKU) and the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases (HKU-Shenzhen Branch).
Dr Zhu’s research field is focused on mechanisms that lead to the virus emergence at the human and animal interface. In the past five years, she has identified the zoonotic sources, transmission routes, evolutionary pathways and precursors leading to the genesis of multiple severe viral threats to human health. Her work was repeatedly accepted for publication in Nature and Science, the top two scientific journals in the category of Multidisciplinary Sciences.
Dr Zhu’s research has attracted funding from the NIH of the USA, the Welcome Trust, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Shenzhen high-end talents program, The Top-tier University Scheme of Guangdong, and the Hong Kong government sources. She was awarded Promising Investigator Prize by the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV, 2013), and received HKU Research Output Prize or Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award every year since 2011, and Outstanding Young Researcher Award of HKU in 2016. She is also one of the First Prize winners of the National Medical Science and Technology Award (CMA 2015) and the National Preventive Medicine Award (CPMA 2015).
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2008-06-01||The Best Poster Award at the XIth Nidovirus Symposium 2008: The XIth International Nidovirus Symposium (2008), Oxford, UK||Research Achievement|
|2014-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2013-2014: LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2014-01-01||2014 Research Output Prize: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2015-12-01||First Prize, National Medical Science and Technology Award: Chinese Medical Association (CMA)||Research Achievement|
|2016-01-01||First Prize, National Preventive Medicine Award: Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA)||Research Achievement|
|2012-03-01||2012 Research Output Prize: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2011-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2010-2011: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2016-08-01||Best Poster Presentation Award (as the supervisor and co-corresponding author): 21st International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME), Seoul, Republic of Korea||Research Achievement|
|2016-12-01||Third Prize for Outstanding Oral Report on the 3rd Annual SUMC Research Day (as the supervisor and co-corresponding author): Shantou University Medical College (SUMC)||Research Achievement|
|2017-12-01||Second Prize for Outstanding Oral Report on the 4th Annual SUMC Research Day (as the supervisor and co-corresponding author): Shantou University Medical College (SUMC)||Research Achievement|
|2016-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2015-2016: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2018-01-01||National Grand Prize, 2017 National Science and Technology Progress Award: State Council of the People's Republic of China||Research Achievement|
|2018-06-01||Award of Excellence (International - Silver category) in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) National Health Research Poster Presentation: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)||Research Achievement|
|2018-02-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2016-2017: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2018-10-01||Young Scientist Travel Award, World Life Science Conference 2018: China Union of Life Science Societies, and Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China||Research Achievement|
|2016-12-01||Second Prize for Outstanding Oral Report on the 3rd Annual SUMC Research Day (as the supervisor and co-corresponding author): Shantou University Medical College (SUMC)||Research Achievement|
|2019-03-01||"Hero Cup" for Outstanding Youth of Experimental Medicine Prize of China 2018: China Association of In Vitro Diagnostics(CAIVD), Professional Community of Experimental Medicine, National Association of Health Industry and Enterprise Management (NAHIEM), People's Government of Nanchang Municipality, Nanchang IVD Industry Innovation and Investiment Guidance Center and www.caivd.org||Research Achievement|
|2013-09-01||Promising Investigator Scholarship: Options for the Control of Influenza VIII, International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV)||Research Achievement|
|2017-03-01||Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2015-2016: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|2019-2024||Associate Director||Committee of Alliance for the Prevention and Control of Imported Tropical Diseases in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area|
|05/2010-05/2011||Member||International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (isirv)|
|2015-2017||Consultant||FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and USAID (United States Agency International Development) consultant on Zoonotic Influenza Surveillance in Asia|
|2012-2019||Consultant||World Health Organization (WHO) consultant on Improving Influenza Vaccine Virus Selection|
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