Danny Chan is a professor and Acting Director of the School of Biomedical Science at the University of Hong Kong, and Assistant Dean for research and research postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Melbourne, with BSc(Hons), MSc and PhD.
His research interest is in skeletal biology, focusing on development, growth and degenerative processes of the skeleton in health and disease. He has a particular interest in rare diseases of the skeleton. He has received more than 35M HKD of research funding as principal investigator and 200M HKD as Co-investigator, and with more than 170 publications and in high impact journals such as Nature, JCI, AMHG, PNAS, PLOS Biol, PLOS Genetics, eLife, EMBO and JCB.
In recognition of his achievements, he received an award for excellence in medical research from the Premier of Victoria in Australia, and recently, the Croucher Senior Research Fellow Award in Hong Kong, and the SY and HY Cheng Endowed Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
In knowledge exchange, he and his research team helped to initiate “The Little People of Hong Kong” Foundation in Hong Kong, an NGO for the patient groups, and to increase the community’s awareness of the needs of patients with rare skeletal disorders in Hong Kong. He is also a council member of Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases, advocating for the needs of rare disease people in our society.