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Main Research Areas

Medical Imaging, Bioinstrumentation and Biosensing

  • Medical imaging and biosensing for disease diagnosis, monitoring and treatment assessment.
  • Novel ultrasonic imaging techniques and systems, including elasticity sensing, photoacoustic, high-resolution ultrasound, three-dimension, and sonomyography techniques.
  • Novel optical techniques, including photoacoustics, optical coherent tomography, ultrasonically guided high-resolution optical focusing in biological tissue.
  • Innovative nanobiotechnology and microfluidic devices targeting for point-of-care biosensing.


Molecular and Cellular Engineering

  • Apply engineering principles and tools to study the fundamental problems in cellular and molecular scale, enabling the understanding of cellular behavior from molecular-level interactions.
  • Study the influence of mechanical forces on gene expression by changing nuclear mechanics and epigenetics with applications in cancer, stem cells, and immune responses.
  • Identify and understand the niche factors that govern stem cells fate, and drive them towards osteoblastic and/or chondrogenic lineages for tissue repair.
  • Develop novel nanoparticle based optical probes to identify and monitor the intracellular molecular interactions in stem and cancer cells.


Neuromusculoskeletal Science and Engineering

  • Encompass 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.
  • Help develop healthcare technology that will support NMS health in the community.

Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Rehabilitation Engineering

  • 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.
  • Apply 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.