Change of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole Co-Director [fr]
On July 3rd 2020, Professor Malik Peiris has stepped down from his position as the Co-Director of the joint research pole between Hong Kong University and the Pasteur Institute (HKU-Pasteur), an important partner of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau. His successor is Professor Leo Poon, Head of the Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences of the Hong Kong University School of Public Health.
At the leaving party organized by HKU-Pasteur, the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macao joined other guests and lab researchers in expressing his many thanks to Prof. Malik Peiris for his groundbreaking research within the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole.
Professor Malik Peiris is an internationally renowned infectious diseases specialist who co-directed the Research Pole for 14 years along with Prof. Roberto Bruzzone who in turn underlined how Professor Peiris’s work has been significant to HKU-Pasteur and to the field of science as a whole. Professor Peiris conducted crucial scientific research, notably on the creation of a diagnostic test for SARS in 2003, and studies on H5N1 mutating virus strains and conditions which enable avian influenza transmissions.
Guests, including the Dean of the Hong Kong University School of Public Health, Keiji Fukuda, thanked him for his groundbreaking scientific work within the lab as well as his remarkable contribution to teaching, and highlighted how his discoveries, notably in the field of coronaviruses, have been decisive for the current response to the pandemic. As an acknowledgment of his expertise, Professor Malik Peiris has been promoted to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honour in 2017.
The evening was also the occasion to welcome the succeeding co-director of HKU-Pasteur, Professor Leo Poon, Head of the Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences at the HKUMed School of Public Health. Professor Poon has been collaborating with HKU-Pasteur on many occasions, and it is with great pleasure that the staff welcomed him on Friday. The core of his scientific research is emerging viruses, with significant studies led on influenza research and groundbreaking discoveries in the field of coronaviruses, notably during the 2003 SARS epidemic and the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Collaborations with Professor Malik Peiris are meant to continue, and new projects are yet to come.