PhD (Pennsylvania State University), Postdoc (University of Cambridge)
Dr. Kit Kwok
obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry (2009) from the
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) under
supervision of Professor
Sik Lok Lam,
during which his fascination with nucleic acids
research was nurtured. To broaden his research
experience, Dr. Kwok embarked on an exchange program
at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in
2007-2008, where he worked under guidance from
Juli Feigon (member,
NAS), which paved way for his acceptance into the
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2009 for an
enriching Ph.D program mentored by Professor
Philip C. Bevilacqua
Sarah M. Assmann.
During the course of his Ph.D studies, Dr. Kwok
co-developed the first in vivo
transcriptome-wide and targeted
structure probing methods (Structure-Seq and
DMS/SHAPE-LMPCR) that enable robust and sensitive
measurement of RNA structures in living cells, which
resulted in publications in
and earned him the
Alumni Association Dissertation
Award in 2014. In 2014, Dr.
Kwok commenced on a postdoctoral fellowship as a
in University of Cambridge. He worked with the
internationally recognized leader in nucleic acids
research and the principal inventor of
next-generation sequencing (Solexa
Sequencing), Professor Sir
Shankar Balasubramanian FRS
FMedSci. Dr. Kwok conducted novel research on
exploring the structures and functions of RNA
G-quadruplexes in the human transcriptome, which
resulted in publications in
In October 2016, Dr. Kwok's joined the faculty team
at the City University of Hong Kong, where he is
embarking on research in nucleic acid folding and
The key focus in Dr. Kwok's current research is the development and application of innovative chemical and molecular biology tools and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies to better understand the RNA structure-function relationship and elucidate the mechanistic roles of RNA in regulatory pathways, stress physiologies, cell differentiation, organism development, as well as disease pathology. Gaining from these insights, he aims to develop novel approaches to target the central RNA players and achieve controlled manipulation of gene expression in the biological systems of interest, with the hope to translate the basic scientific discoveries into medical and agricultural uses to advance the living quality of human beings.
For more details about Dr. Kwok’s current research and team, please click here.
We are looking for outstanding Postgraduate Students, Research Assistants, and Postdoctoral Fellows to join the Kwok research group. Researchers within the group will be exposed to diverse chemical and biochemical techniques at our laboratory in the Department of Chemistry.
If you are interested to join the group, please kindly send your i) cover letter, ii) academic transcripts and GPA, and iii) CV which includes a summary of past research experience and publication records, and your research interests to Professor Kwok: (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
We strongly encourage and support eligible PhD and Postdoc applicants to apply for their own support, either from the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship scheme (https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/index.html) or other funding agencies.
*co-first authors +corresponding author(s)