HONG KONG, CHINA

Dr Ng Siew Chien is a Professor at the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, the Assistant Dean (Development) of the Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong. She graduated with honours from St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine. She obtained her PhD from Imperial College London.

Siew Chien is a world-renowned clinician-scientist in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gut microbiota research. She has published over 200 scientific articles and is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences. Her exemplary work has received over 20 prestigious international awards. She led the Asia-Pacific Crohn’s and Colitis Epidemiologic Study group (ACCESS) that brings together 13 Asia-Pacific countries to improve treatment for IBD patients. Her team established Asia’s First Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) & Research Centre with the vision to unravel the role of gut microbiota in human health, and to develop novel strategies for disease prevention and intervention. In 2019, she was awarded Innohealth (USD70 million) by the Hong Kong SAR to be the Director of a Microbiota Innovation Center to advance technology transfer in helping to transform Asia into a leading hub for global innovation and technology in microbial medicine. Her laboratory is the only State Key Laboratory of Digestive Disease approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China.

Siew Chien’s work in forging strategic industrial partnership and collaboration will bring forth many startup companies in this new wave of biotechnology rise of human gut microbiome. She is dedicated to empower and inspire young academics within the region to become world-leading figures in Science. She has successfully solicited over millions of institutional funding to support research and nurture young fellows and postgraduate students. She co-directs First Asia’s Academy of Young Leaders Program to nurture future leaders in science and medicine. Most of her mentees have received international awards and are being groomed to be future leaders.

PCGS showed me that the world is full of possibilities. The mentorship of teachers and continual support of my peers from PCGS taught me to value my skills and gave me the courage to go beyond my comfort zones to pursue medicine as a profession. To my alma mater PCGS: “I am where I am, and who I am today because you taught me the skills and encouraged me to go forth and explore, to be determined and diligent and to embrace failures for greater success.”