Hon Cheung Lee

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hon Cheung Lee was born in Hong Kong, in 1950. He received a B.A. degree and an M.A. degree in physics and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, Calif, USA, in 1971, 1973, and 1978, respectively. From 1979 to 1981, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Stanford University, Calif, USA. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1981 and was promoted to Professor in physiology in 1990. He was awarded the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship by the University of Minnesota in 1996 and was inducted into the Academy of Excellence for Health Research in 2004 as a Permanent Member, the highest recognition in biomedical research at that institution. In 2006, Lee was recruited by the University of Hong Kong and appointed Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology. His research area is cellular physiology, with a particular emphasis on the mechanisms of calcium signaling. He is credited with the discovery of two second messenger molecules, cyclic ADP-ribose and NAADP, for mobilizing intracellular calcium stores. His current research focuses on the structure and functions of the calcium signaling pathway mediated by these two novel messengers. He was bestowed an honorary degree in medicine and surgery in 1997 by the University of Genoa, Genoa , Italy. He has served on the Study Section of the National Institute of Health of the USA and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He has edited a book entitled Cyclic ADP-Ribose and NAADP: Structures, Metabolism and Functions published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. He is a frequent keynote speaker in international meetings and author of numerous invited review articles in scientific journals as well. According to the Web of Science (ISI, 2011), his scientific publications have been cited over 9,500 times, with an h-index of 52.

Biography Updated on 4 October 2011

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