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【Alumni Webinar】Sherlock Holmes and John Watson amid Pandemic – Virus detection and tracing


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  • Date

    26 May 2022

  • Organiser

    Alumni Affairs and Development Office

  • Time

    19:00 - 20:00

  • Venue

    Online via Zoom  


Prof. Yip Shea-ping

Dr Gilman Siu


Mr Marco Yip 3400 3104


RT-PCR, N501Y, “C” and “T” on a Rapid Antigen Test… the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced to us many mysterious scientific letters. In fact, they are closely related to accurate virus testing and meticulous contact tracing, which are vital to the containment of virus. To safeguard public health, emerging health technologies and informatics play an important role in coping with epidemics.

In this webinar, our alumni scholars, Prof. Yip Shea-ping and Dr Gilman Siu, will “decode” the information for us and talk about their work in combating the virus: from inventing a portable nucleic acid testing device to tracing the transmission chain with rapid sequencing technique. They will also unveil their efforts beyond the lab that minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Yip Shea-ping

Prof. Yip Shea-ping

Professor and Head of Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Medical Laboratory Science and MPhil graduate

Having been a medical laboratory technician/ technologist in United Christian Hospital for a decade, Prof. Yip brought with him a wealth of experience to join his alma mater, the then Hong Kong Polytechnic, as a lecturer in 1990, pioneering both the research and education of Health Technology and Informatics. Currently heading the Department in his third term, he has championed the programme development of Medical Laboratory Science at bachelor and master levels over the years. He has also advanced research outputs of the Department with an array of external funding opportunities, and a recently acclaimed project of his is the innovation of a portable nucleic acid testing device for COVID-19, which enables fast and accurate results on-site to contribute to anti-pandemic measures. Dedicated to serving society with his expertise, Prof. Yip has been Chairperson of the Grant Review Board of the Health and Medical Research Fund and a member of the Research Council, Food and Health Bureau.

Dr Gilman Siu

Dr Gilman Siu

Associate Professor of Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Limin Young Scholar in Medical Laboratory Science, PolyU
Biomedical Science graduate

Trained as a medical laboratory technologist, Dr Siu received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical science with First Class Honours from PolyU. For over 15 years, he has been actively engaged in researches related to microbial genomics, publishing dozens of research papers in high-impact academic journals, such as Lancet Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Chemistry, on the subject of emerging infectious diseases. He was honoured by PolyU with a faculty research and teaching award for two consecutive years, and is appointed by the government as a member of Medical Laboratory Technologist Board. Regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19, his rapid sequencing technique has played a pivotal role in identifying and stopping local transmission chains of the virus, providing scientific support for the government to formulate anti-pandemic measures. In 2021, Dr Siu received the Outstanding Project Team on COVID-19 Research Award from the Food and Health Bureau in recognition of his excellent research efforts.

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