The research activities are carried out in different laboratories, and we have identified four major research themes:

Medical Imaging and Biosensing

This thematic research area aims to design and develop new biomedical imaging methods and devices, biosensors, screening methods, and treatment approaches. A key focus of this group is biomedical ultrasound instrumentation and application including 3D ultrasound imaging, ultrasound biomicroscopy, tissue elasticity imaging and measurement, photo-acoustic imaging, ultrasound tissue characterization, ultrasound stimulation, ultrasound assessment for heart, breast, liver, skin, tendon, muscle, cartilage, diabetic foot, etc. Another key focus of this group is biomedical sensing including development of nano- and micro- biosensors, microfluidic devices, nanoporous membrance for sensing, microchip, micro- and smart drug delivery devices. We also develop wearable sensors for healthcare for motion and vital sign monitoring.

Molecular and Cellular Engineering

This thematic research area aims to apply engineering principles and tools to study the fundamental problems in cellular and molecular scales, enabling the understanding of cellular behavior from molecular-level interactions, elucidating of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying a broad spectrum of diseases, and tackling the human health-related challenges. We are dedicated to research fields involving cellular mechanics, cell micro-environment, cellular electrophysiology, biomaterials, nanotechnology for theranostics, imaging-guided stem cell therapy, and regenerative medicine.

Neuromusculoskeletal Science and Engineering

This research area encompasses various underpinning clinical and engineering sciences related to the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system. The scope covers the molecular understanding of the pathologies associated with the NMS system and health protection against those disease and disabling processes; laboratory, imaging and functional assessment of the NMS system; acute and long-term therapeutics for NMS disorders; assistive technologies for rehabilitation and enablement. A major focus of this thematic area is to help develop healthcare technology that will support NMS health in the community.

Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Rehabilitation Engineering

Prosthetics and orthotics aim to improve the condition or function of people with disabilities, thus to enhance their quality of life. The scope covers design of prosthetic components and interfaces, control of prostheses, smart orthotic devices, management of foot problems, stroke, cerebral palsy, scoliosis and other spinal deformities, outcome measures of prosthetic and orthotic interventions, CAD-CAM application, evidence-based practice, and other engineering or clinical aspects of prosthetics and orthotics.

Rehabilitation engineering applies existing or emerging technologies for improving the independence and productivity of persons with disabilities. The Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Centre has offered direct expert services to the disabled and rehabilitation communities since 1987. Many research projects have been developed, namely environmental control and monitoring systems, special seating and mobility devices, augmentative and alternative communication devices, therapeutic training systems and robotic devices.