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The Faculty of Science has identified “Environment-Health & Data Analytics” as its Niche Research Area. Some relevant research examples are listed below:


  • A study of gene-environment interactions in plants underpinned a new strategy on rice irrigation that changed the practices of millions of farmers in mainland China.
  • The Faculty’s leading academic contribution to an investigation into the impact of emerging environmental stressors on ecological and animal health led to the establishment of the State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis.
  • The concept of environmental sustainability is disseminated through the Faculty’s organic farming and waste management strategies, which are broadly acknowledged by society.
  • Using a chemical-biology approach, researchers in the Faculty have identified a non-invasive method for the early diagnosis of human prostate cancers and the detection of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers.
  • Faculty members have developed a laser technology which can analyse the chemistry of antiques and paintings, and aluminium oxide nano-structures and films for the modification of surface structures and optical properties.
  • The Faculty’s artificial intelligence approach to malaria elimination with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides spatio-temporal data analytics for epidemic prediction. The approach has been adopted as guidelines for front-line surveillance and control practices.
  • Various industries have widely adopted the Faculty’s big data research. It has a long-term partnership with the Hong Kong Observatory and the Hong Kong Government’s Environment Protection Department which covers data assimilation on air quality and weather forecasts.

The Faculty is at the heart of innovation and the growth of human culture, and it delivers solutions of real environmental importance to safeguard the health of present and future generations.