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The accolade of Endowed Young Scholar is the greatest honor to me ever. I regarded my work on COVID-19 as the duty of a healthcare professional and an academic during the pandemic. I am glad that my research is helpful in establishing health policies and infection control measures.
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Limin Young Scholar in Medical Laboratory Science

Dr Gilman Siu

Limin Endowed Young Scholar positions were established with donations from PolyU Technology and Consultancy Company Limited. The Chinese characters “Limin” (利民), literally “to benefit the people”, are taken from PolyU’s motto “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind 開物成務 勵學利民”. The naming thus reflects the University’s objective to benefit society through knowledge transfer.
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PolyU Technology and Consultancy Company Limited

Donor

PolyU Technology and Consultancy Company Limited

 

Founded in 1996, PolyU Technology and Consultancy Company Limited (PTeC) is the strategic professional service arm of PolyU. PTeC provides one-stop consultancy and knowledge transfer services to the private sector, government institutions and non-profit making organisations. By partnering with PTeC or soliciting its consultancy services, industries can leverage on PolyU's rich knowledge base for business success and sustainability.

PTeC taps into the vast expertise of 1,200+ dedicated and talented academic staff members across 29 disciplines at PolyU, to offer first-class professional consultancy services that facilitate higher productivity and global competitiveness among enterprises. PolyU’s state-of-the-art equipment and resources are also instrumental for companies to harness success.

To demonstrate PTeC’s professionalism and its commitment to service quality, PTeC has developed and implemented a quality management system that earned PTeC the accreditation of ISO9001 in January 2005. It marks PTeC as the first university consultancy arm in Hong Kong to receive such accreditation and further reinforces its position as a top-notch consultancy service provider.

Limin Endowed Young Scholar positions were established with donations from PTeC. The Chinese characters “Limin” (利民), literally “to benefit the people”, are taken from PolyU’s motto “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind 開物成務 勵學利民”. The naming thus reflects the objective to benefit society through knowledge transfer.

 

Appointee

Dr Gilman Siu

 

Dr Gilman Siu, Associate Professor of Department of Health Technology and Informatics at PolyU, was trained as a medical laboratory technologist as a PolyU undergraduate, earning his BSc degree in biomedical science with first-class honour. In 2011, he was conferred with a PhD degree in microbiology by the University of Hong Kong. For over 15 years, Dr Siu has been actively engaged in researches related to microbial genomics, encompassing domains such as advanced molecular testing for rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases; genetic mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and virulence in highly infectious bacteria and viruses (for example, mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV); and molecular epidemiology of newly emerging infectious agents (like the COVID-19 virus). Having published over 45 peer-reviewed research papers in high-impact academic journals, such as Lancet Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Chemistry, on the subject of emerging infectious diseases, Dr Siu has been granted more than HK$40 million of external research funds over the past five years. For two years in a row, he was honoured by PolyU with a faculty research and teaching award (individual) in recognition of his excellence in research and teaching. In addition, Dr Siu is also appointed by the government as a member of Medical Laboratory Technologist Board and the Chairman of the Board’s examination and education committee. Amid the pandemic, his rapid sequencing technique has played a pivotal role in identifying and stopping transmission chains of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, providing scientific support for the government to formulate anti-pandemic measures. In 2021, Dr Gilman Siu bestowed Outstanding Project Team on COVID-19 Research Awards by the Food and Health Bureau in recognition of his excellent research efforts on COVID-19.

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