PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Simon Yung Wa Sin

 

Assistant Professor
School of Biological Sciences

The University of Hong Kong
Email: sinyw(at)hku.hk

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I am a behavioural ecologist and evolutionary biologist. My research interests span the fields of molecular ecology, evolutionary biology and behavioural genomics. I received my BSc and MPhil degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I was awarded a Croucher Scholarship and joined the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford, where I completed my DPhil research. I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. In 2018 I joined the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Pei-Yu Huang

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an evolutionary and molecular virologist. My research interests lie in the area of ecological and evolutionary genomics of hosts and zoonotic pathogens. I received my BSc and MSc degrees in Animal Science at the National Taiwan University and a second MSc degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool. In between, I obtained immunological knowledge during my research in the vaccine development industry. I have been granted a PhD degree in Public Health at the University of Hong Kong focusing on the evolutionary and ecological genomic research of avian influenza viruses in poultry in Taiwan. I joined the Sin lab since 2019 to investigate the evolutionary and ecological genomics of birds and mammals and the co-evolution between hosts and pathogens.

 

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Stella Huynh

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am specialized in evolutionary and population genomics of plants. I have a keen interest in species evolution and adaptation and in conservation biology, especially using NGS data and bioinformatic tools. Understanding how species have evolved and adapted over millions of years is not only fascinating but also crucial to establish suitable conservation strategies and preserve the Earth. After my BSc and MSc degree in Organismal and Populational Biology at the University of Lille 1 (France), I started a PhD in Evolutionary Botany at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), which I successfully obtained in 2018. I joined the Sin lab in 2019 to investigate the population and evolutionary genomics of birds and mammals, with a focus on species conservation.

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Jackie Ko

PhD Candidate

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), with a minor in Environmental Sciences. Throughout my undergraduate study, I have been familiarized with molecular research by joining the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). In which, I studied the genetic components behind physiological responses of plants under natural stimuli. After I graduated, I became interested in how animal behavior is affected by genetic factors as well. Now I am working on the genetic components of plumage color in birds.

Derek Lam

MPhil Candidate

I received my BSc degree in Cell & Molecular Biology in 2018 with the minor of Biology. I am very interested in understanding how life works in different aspects, ranging from molecular biology to behavioral ecology. It is very amazing to know how animal (including us) behaviors are controlled by genetic factors. My passion towards molecular biology deepened during my participation in the iGEM competition. Our project of influenza RNA detection by RNA switches won a gold model and was nominated for the best diagnostic method. I also did my research internship in the Plant Cell Biology Research Centre of the University of Melbourne. In addition, I took part in structural biology and plant cell biology projects throughout my undergraduate. Now my research project is to study the genetic basis of mate choice behaviors. Last but definitely not least, I am a big fan of traveling, diving, camping and nature!

David Chan

MPhil Candidate

I recently graduated from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), majored in Ecology and Biodiversity. I am interested in behavioural ecology and movement ecology. In 2017, I was awarded the Overseas Research Fellowship by HKU to do a research internship at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) about migratory shorebirds site fidelity. For my graduate thesis I looked at distribution pattern of shorebirds at Tolo area, Hong Kong. I joined the Sin lab since 2018 to study avian ecology and genetics.

Boyee Lee

MPhil Candidate

I graduated with a BScEd degree major in Science and Web technology in 2017. I am interested in marine ecology and environmental studies. During 2016 – 2019 , I took part in an environmental DNA (eDNA) study, revealing cryptic fauna biodiversity in Hong Kong western waters using seawater and sediment samples with metabarcoding approach. I joined the Sin Lab in 2019 to continue my study. I am currently studying animal dietary composition using DNA metabarcoding.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Alex Chan

Undergraduate student

I am a year 4 student major in Ecology and Biodiversity and minor in Environmental Science at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). I am dedicated to conservation ecology. I have been a bird ringing trainee since 2019 and participated in numerous research projects regarding bird conservation. My research interest includes avian ecology and behavioural ecology. I was granted a Summer Research Fellowship in HKU in 2019 and my project is to study the population genetics of Parus. I joined the Sin Lab in 2018 to study animal behaviour and behavioural ecology.

Andy Vu

Undergraduate student

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences. I am most interested in the application of genomic tools in ecological, evolutionary and conservation research. I love being in nature and travelling as it allows me to learn more about different cultures and their interactions with the environment and wildlife. This continues to help me evolve as a person and an aspiring biologist. I was awarded the Overseas Research Fellowship by HKU to study Southeast Asian birds over the Summer in Singapore. I am also working on another project in December about whaling in Japan.

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Anson Wong

Research Assistant

I graduated with a BSc degree (major in Environmental Science and minor in Biology) in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. My field experiences in Namibia and Southeast Asia fuelled my interest in population ecology and conservation ecology. In 2017-2018, I took part in the Eurasian otter research project in Inner Deep Bay wetlands to study the distribution and dietary preference of otters in this area. This project provides important implications for the conservation of this species. I joined the Sin lab in 2019 to study animal behaviour, bird and mammal ecology and genetics.

Charis Chan

Technical Officer

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