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Dr. Tam Wan Ting Emily 譚韻婷博士
School of Science and Technology

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Microbial Genetic Engineering
  • Food Microbiology
  • Microbial Diagnostics
  • Bioactive Compounds in Fungi

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Chow FW, Chan TT, Tam AR, Zhao S, Yao W, Fung J, Cheng FK, Lo GC, Chu S, Aw-Yong KL, Tang JY, Tsang CC, Luk HK, Wong AC, Li KS, Zhu L, He Z, Tam EW, Chung TW, Wong SC, Que T, Fung KS, Lung DC, Wu AK, Hung IF, Woo CP, Lau SK. 2020. A rapid, simple, inexpensive, and mobile colorimetric assay COVID-19-LAMP for mass on-site screening of COVID-19. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21(15), 5380.
  • Poon RW, Tam EW, Lau SK, Cheng VC, Yuen KY, Schuster RK, Woo PC. 2017. Molecular identification of cestodes and nematodes by cox1 gene real-time PCR and sequencing. Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease. 89(3):185-90.
  • Nimmanee P, Tam EW, Woo PC, Vanittanakom P, Vanittanakom N. 2017. Role of the Talaromyces marneffei (Penicillium marneffei) sakA gene in nitrosative stress response, conidiation and red pigment production. FEMS microbiology letters 364(8):fnw292.
  • Tsang CC, Hui TW, Lee KC, Chen JH, Ngan AH, Tam EW, Chan JF, Wu AL, Cheung M, Tse BP, Wu AK, Lai CK, Tsang DN, Que TL, Lam CW, Yuen KY, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2016. Genetic diversity of Aspergillus species isolated from onychomycosis and Aspergillus hongkongensis sp. Nov., with implications to antifungal susceptibility testing. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 84(2):125-34.
  • Tam EW, Tsang CC, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2015. Polyketides, Toxins and Pigments in Penicillium marneffei. Toxins 7(11):4421-36.
  • Lee KC, Tam EW (Co-first author), Lo KC, Tsang AK, Lau CC, To KK, Chan JF, Lam CW, Yuen KY, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2015. Metabolomics analysis reveals specific novel tetrapeptide and potential anti-inflammatory metabolites in pathogenic Aspergillus species. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16(6):13850-67.
  • Sridhar S, Wong SS, Tam EW, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2015. Report of isolation of Cryptobacerium curtum from a pelvic abscess. JMM case reports 2. doi: 10.1099/jmmcr.0.000067.
  • Woo PC, Lam CW, Tam EW (Co-first author), Lee KC, Yung KK, Leung CK, Sze KH, Lau SK, Yuen KY. 2014. The biosynthetic pathway for a thousand-year-old natural food colorant and citrinin in Penicillium marneffei. Scientific reports 4:6728.
  • Woo PC, Lau SK, Martelli P, Hui SW, Lau CC, Fan RY, Froff JM, Tam EW, Chan KH, Yuen KY. 2014. Fatal systemic necrotizing infections associated with a novel paramyxovirus, anaconda paramyxovirus, in green anaconda juveniles. Journal of clinical microbiology 52(10): 3614-23.
  • Tam EW, Chen JH, Lau EC, Ngan AH, Fung KS, Lee KC, Lam CW, Yuen KY, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2014. Misidentification of Aspergillus nomius and Aspergillus tamarii as Aspergillus flavus: characterization by internal transcribed spacer, β-tubulin, and calmodulin gene sequencing, metabolic fingerprinting, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry. Journal of clinical microbiology 52(4):1153-1160.
  • Woo PC, Lam CW, Tam EW (Co-first author), Leung CK, Wong SS, Lau SK, Yuen KY. 2012. First discovery of two polyketide synthase genes for mitorubrinic acid and mitorubrinol yellow pigment biosynthesis and implications in virulence of Penicillium marneffei. PLoS neglected tropical diseases 6(10):e1871.
  • Woo, PC, Tam EW, Chong KT, Cai JJ, Tung ET, Ngan AH, Lau SK, and Yuen KY. 2010. High diversity of polyketide synthase genes and the melanin biosynthesis gene cluster in Penicillium marneffei. FEBS journal 277(18):3750-3758.

Modified Date: 07 Jul, 2022
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Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMP S321FAdvanced Database and Data Warehousing5
 COMP S333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMP S351FSoftware Project Management5
 COMP S362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMP S363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMP S382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMP S390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMP S492FMachine Learning5
 ELEC S305FComputer Networking5
 ELEC S348FIOT Security5
 ELEC S371FDigital Forensics5
 ELEC S431FBlockchain Technologies5
 ELEC S425FComputer and Network Security5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5