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Suspending classes on the Main Campus for the rest of the semester

Important message from the Senior Management Team

Dear students,

In view of the uncertain and unsafe traffic conditions for travelling to HKU, we are suspending classes on the Main Campus for the rest of the semester and making teaching and learning accessible online. This will enable students to stay away from campus, and even leave Hong Kong should they wish, while at the same time completing their courses and assessments.

Individual instructors will upload to Moodle detailed arrangements for course delivery and assessment. Examinations will be moved online or replaced by alternative forms of assessment. Details will be circulated in the next few days.

For help with travel arrangements out of Hong Kong, non-local students are advised to contact either the China Affairs Office or the International Affairs Office.

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Professor Xuechen Li was awarded the Rao Makineni Lectureship (2019) by American Peptide Society

Professor Xuechen Li of Department of Chemistry recently was awarded the Rao Makineni Lectureship (2019) by American Peptide Society. The Rao Makineni Lectureship was established in 2003 in honour of Rao Makineni, a long-time supporter of peptide science, peptide scientists, and the American Peptide Society. The Makineni Lectureship recognises an individual who has made a recent contribution of unusual merit to research in the field of peptide science. The award is intended to recognise original and singular discoveries rather than cumulative or lifetime contributions. The award will be presented at the biennial American Peptide Symposia to be held in June 2019.


The major accomplishments in Professor Li’s research programme include the development of several original methods for protein chemical synthesis, peptide cyclization and protein modifications, including Ser/Thr ligation, P-B peptide desulfurization and phthalimidine protein bioconjugation. Furthermore, his group has been working on the synthesis and medicinal chemistry studies of complex antibacterial cyclic peptides, with completion of the total synthesis of daptomycin and teixobactin.

Professor Li received his PhD from Harvard University, USA in 2007. After postdoctoral work at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, he joined the Department of Chemistry at The University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in 2009, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and Professor in 2018. He was also the recipient of Wuxi PharmaTech Life Science and Chemistry-Scholar Award (2014), Distinguished Faculty Award by Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professor Association (CAPA) (2016), Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2017) and Outstanding Research Award by the University of Hong Kong (2018).

Congratulations to Professor Li for his accomplishments.


To learn more about Professor Li's research, please click here.

Professor Xuechen Li

Professor Xuechen Li

Department of Chemistry