Professor Kathryn Cheah elected as EMBO Associate Member

Professor Kathryn Cheah, Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences, currently Jimmy and Emily Tang Professor of Molecular Genetics and Chair Professor of Biochemistry, School of Biomedical Sciences, HKUMed, has been elected as Associate Member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements in the field of biomedical sciences. The EMBO Membership consists of more than 2,000 leading researchers around the world, including 91 Nobel laureates. Candidates for EMBO Membership are exclusively nominated and elected by existing EMBO Members based on the nominated scientists’ research excellence and outstanding achievements. Professor Cheah is the first in Hong Kong to receive this merit.

Professor Cheah is an internationally well-known developmental biologist with an emphasis on understanding gene regulation and function in the skeletal and inner ear development. She was awarded a Croucher Foundation Senior Fellowship in 2000 and was appointed Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2013, and a Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences in 2021. Professor Cheah has also served on the editorial boards of international journals such as Matrix BiologyAnnual Reviews of Genomics and Human Genetics, and BioEssays, as the Asian editor-in-chief of Development, Growth & Differentiation. She is currently Senior Editor of eLife.

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