Dr. Anthony James, Director
BVSc(Hons) Melb Uni, MRepSci Monash Uni, MANZCVS, MRCVS
Dr. James started his career in laboratory animal medicine and management in 1982 in the pharmaceutical industry when he worked as Controller of Animal Services at Commonwealth Serum Laboratories before moving to academia when he became Director of Animal Services at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. James first came to Asia in 1991 when he was a consultant for an Australian aid programme in China. He settled in Hong Kong in 1995 when he became director of Chinese University’s Laboratory Animal Services Centre. Dr. James has also worked at academic institutions in Sydney, Australia, and the Middle East. His areas of interest include animal research law and the harmonization of the ethical review process and humane animal care within cultural contexts in order to ensure animal research conforms to international best practices irrespective of the jurisdiction.
Mr. William KW Chau (BSc), Animal Facility Manager
Mr William Kin Wing Chau is a pioneer in laboratory animal management in Hong Kong having gained extensive laboratory animal experience while working at the Laboratory Animal Unit (SPF) of HKU under the management of Dr. GJ Moore in the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the Dept. of Biology, HKUST before the vivarium was established and worked as a committed animal technician engaged in the research and development of rat brain cell recording models in the early days of development of this technology. In 1995 he was promoted to senior technician in the vivarium that was the forerunner of today’s Animal and Plant Care Facility. From his earliest days as a senior technician, William has been committed to the care of laboratory animal and focused on their welfare. Now as a Scientific Officer his priority is quality animal care and use that satisfies international best practice. In order to achieve this goal, William is eager to advance APCF’s rapid modernization and continues to be an essential member of the APCF management team as it moves towards AAALAC accreditation.
Dr. Siva WH Tsang (PhD), Animal Facility Manager
Dr. Tsang is one of the APCF’s Scientific Officers. Gaining his BSc in Biology from HKUST, MPhil in Microbiology and PhD in Developmental Biology from HKU, Dr. Tsang brings to APCF expertise in mouse genetics, genetic engineering, and mouse embryology. With further training and experience on facility planning, resources management and colony management from well recognised organisations, i.e. Fondazione Guido Bernardini and The Jackson Laboratory, Dr. Tsang is well-equipped to take his responsibilities on managing HKUST’s biosecure mouse vivarium, transgenic facility, health monitoring and disease surveillance programs. He is aiming for advancement in animal care and use programs via improving operation efficiency, providing clients with consultations on the proper care and maintenance of transgenic mouse strains, ensuring animal wellbeing and maintaining compliance.
Ms. Sophie WY Chan (MPhil)
Sophie obtained her BSc and MPhil in Biology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining APCF, she had worked as a Technician in the Department of Ecology & Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong. And later she joined the Division of Life Science, HKUST and worked as an Instruction Assistant. In 2008, she worked in the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences in Prince of Wales Hospital as a technician, giving technical support for Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory. Finally, she went back to HKUST and settled in APCF since 2013 until now. She enjoys working with her colleagues as a big team and she likes dealing with both animals and people.
Ms. Crystal KY Chu (MSc)
Crystal obtained her BSc in Biology and Chemistry from Hong Kong Open University. In addition, she obtained a MSc in Biotechnology from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before joining APCF, Crystal had extensive experience in private industry working as a technician in microbial testing, initially at SGS Hong Kong Ltd and later at the Garden Company Ltd. Her venture into the hushed corridors of academic life started when she joined the Department of Science, HK Open University as a technician. In April 2009 Crystal joined APCF where she has contributed to the professionalism of the Facility by not only bringing with her, her past experience as a laboratory technician but also a practical knowledge of animal care and welfare which she gained by graduating with a High Diploma in Animal Science in Biotechnology from The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Crystal is happy to have joined the APCF Family and enjoys working with her caring colleagues.
Dr. Peter M Eguia (DVM)
Peter obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of the Philippines in 2012. He’s already worked for several industries after graduation, including animal nutrition and greyhound racing. As a student, he’s had externships in various animal facilities in the Philippines, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. He’s always been interested with the laboratory animal practice and in the academe so he joined APCF in June 2016 as a Junior Technician. He brings in to APCF his veterinary knowledge and would love to share and talk about it with the users. In his spare time, he likes to explore places and try local eats, and share his experiences with the people he meets. So for any of your laboratory animal concerns, just approach Peter and he’d be delighted to help.
Mr. Samuel WL Lai (BSc)
Samuel obtained his BSc in Biology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining APCF, he had wide experience in private industry working as a technician in several of Hong Kong’s top commercial laboratories. His main tasks were the conducting of microbiological testing. In 2001, Samuel joined APCF, initially as a junior technician, but it soon became apparent that Samuel was destined for a more senior role within APCF. He committed himself to lifelong learning and engaged in any course related to his duties. He was well equipped for his promotion to Technician in 2006. Samuel is accomplished in rabbit surgery and resource and logistical management of APCF. Furthermore he can step into the duties of other technicians when required (as for example in providing holiday relief) as he has familiarity with mice and rat breeding programmes. Samuel enjoys working with his colleagues and has a great relationship with his workmates and APCF users
Ms. Sharon WY Lo (BSc)
Sharon worked in the private sector, and quickly went from junior staff to deputy lab manager. Her experience during these early years was extensive. Sharon gained wide-ranging skills in the microbiological and molecular biology sciences as well as management and auditing methods. As deputy laboratory manager Sharon was in constant communication with clients and suppliers. She was also a key player in her last employer’s HOKLAS accreditation and became a member of the management team negotiating the company’s future with consultants and suppliers about the creation and establishment of a new laboratory. But Sharon was keen to dawn a new era for her career and started working at the HKU Laboratory Animal Unit (LAU). Here her duties took her back to traditional bench-work. Sharon was part of the LAU’s in-house health monitoring team and was engaged in parasitology, bacteriology, mycology, serology and the post-mortem examinations of laboratory animals. Sharon has experience with maintaining rat and and in-bred mice colonies. She loves being able to contribute to a users’ understanding of animal models and to ensure a better welfare outcome for the users’ transgenic animal models. Her depth and width of experience has ensured that Sharon has developed as an all-rounder and her skills are much valued within APCF.
Ms. Elaine YH Chan
Before joining APCF, Elaine had extensive experience in commercial enterprises, managing offices and ensuring efficiency of administrative procedures. She has been at APCF for 5 years (as of 2017). Elaine’s arrival at APCF gave more depth to our administrative programmes because of Elaine’s clerical experience. Elaine’s extensive knowledge of Excel allowed APCF to improve efficiency and effectiveness by ensuring accuracy of data, file sharing among APCF members and improved reporting. All critical features of a well run animal care programme which places humane use of animals above all else. Elaine is excited to face the new challenges that will arise as APCF goes forward and seeks AAALAC accreditation.
Ms. Joyce Chan
Joyce joined the Animal and Plant Care Facility as Clerical Officer in 1994 and has witnessed APCF undergo wholesale changes over the past 20 plus years as research into the life sciences has grown. All the while that this growth has been happening, Joyce has kept APCF operating smoothly and efficiently using her extensive and diverse experience in office management and clerical administration. Joyce believes the changes APCF has undergone have been by and large positive and she is excited to be part of the APCF family as it embarks on its latest adventure – the expansion of the APCF into a new and modern vivarium.
Animal Carer Staff
Without the support of our animal carer staff APCF would not function. The APCF management team is very appreciative of the hard work and dedicated service from the staff who contribute daily to the smooth running of APCF:
- Mr. CHAN Kwok Leung
- Ms. CHAN Yuen Ping (Anne)
- Mr. CHENG Kin Ping (Dick)
- Mr. CHEUNG Kwok Keung (KK)
- Mr. CHONG Man Wai (John)
- Mr. CHUN Lau Ka (John)
- Mr. FUNG Wai Ming (Marco)
- Mr. HO Kam Wing (Kelvin)
- Mr. IP Kwok Fung
- Mr. LAI Yau Fat (Woody)
- Mr. LAW Hon Sang
- Mr. YU Ying Keung