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Department of Food and Health Sciences

Academic Staff


  • Research Methods
  • Food Analysis
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Analytical Food Techniques
  • General Laboratory Techniques and Safety
  • Food Biotechnology


2013 PhD in Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong
2008 BSc (Hons) major in Food and Nutritional Science, minor in Biotechnology, The University of Hong Kong


2018 - Present Teaching Fellow, Department of Food and Health Science, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
2015 - 2017 Research Fellow, The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh
2014 - 2015 Assistant Research Officer, Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong
2013 - 2014 Research Assistant, Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong


2014 - 2015 Honorary Secretary, Royal Society of Biology (Hong Kong Branch), UK
2014 Member, Royal Society of Biology, UK


  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Science and Safety


  • Poon RW, Tam EW, Lau SK, Cheng VC, Yuen KY, Schuster RK, Woo PC. 2017. Molecular identification of cestodes and nematodes by cox1 gene real-time PCR and sequencing. Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease. 89(3):185-90.
  • Nimmanee P, Tam EW, Woo PC, Vanittanakom P, Vanittanakom N. 2017. Role of the Talaromyces marneffei (Penicillium marneffei) sakA gene in nitrosative stress response, conidiation and red pigment production. FEMS microbiology letters 364(8):fnw292.
  • Tsang CC, Hui TW, Lee KC, Chen JH, Ngan AH, Tam EW, Chan JF, Wu AL, Cheung M, Tse BP, Wu AK, Lai CK, Tsang DN, Que TL, Lam CW, Yuen KY, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2016. Genetic diversity of Aspergillus species isolated from onychomycosis and Aspergillus hongkongensis sp. Nov., with implications to antifungal susceptibility testing. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 84(2):125-34.
  • Tam EW, Tsang CC, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2015. Polyketides, Toxins and Pigments in Penicillium marneffei. Toxins 7(11):4421-36.
  • Lee KC, Tam EW (Co-first author), Lo KC, Tsang AK, Lau CC, To KK, Chan JF, Lam CW, Yuen KY, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2015. Metabolomics analysis reveals specific novel tetrapeptide and potential anti-inflammatory metabolites in pathogenic Aspergillus species. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16(6):13850-67.
  • Sridhar S, Wong SS, Tam EW, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2015. Report of isolation of Cryptobacerium curtum from a pelvic abscess. JMM case reports 2. doi: 10.1099/jmmcr.0.000067.
  • Woo PC, Lam CW, Tam EW (Co-first author), Lee KC, Yung KK, Leung CK, Sze KH, Lau SK, Yuen KY. 2014. The biosynthetic pathway for a thousand-year-old natural food colorant and citrinin in Penicillium marneffei. Scientific reports 4:6728.
  • Woo PC, Lau SK, Martelli P, Hui SW, Lau CC, Fan RY, Froff JM, Tam EW, Chan KH, Yuen KY. 2014. Fatal systemic necrotizing infections associated with a novel paramyxovirus, anaconda paramyxovirus, in green anaconda juveniles. Journal of clinical microbiology 52(10): 3614-23.
  • Tam EW, Chen JH, Lau EC, Ngan AH, Fung KS, Lee KC, Lam CW, Yuen KY, Lau SK, Woo PC. 2014. Misidentification of Aspergillus nomius and Aspergillus tamarii as Aspergillus flavus: characterization by internal transcribed spacer, β-tubulin, and calmodulin gene sequencing, metabolic fingerprinting, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry. Journal of clinical microbiology 52(4):1153-1160.
  • Woo PC, Lam CW, Tam EW (Co-first author), Leung CK, Wong SS, Lau SK, Yuen KY. 2012. First discovery of two polyketide synthase genes for mitorubrinic acid and mitorubrinol yellow pigment biosynthesis and implications in virulence of Penicillium marneffei. PLoS neglected tropical diseases 6(10):e1871.
  • Woo, PC, Tam EW, Chong KT, Cai JJ, Tung ET, Ngan AH, Lau SK, and Yuen KY. 2010. High diversity of polyketide synthase genes and the melanin biosynthesis gene cluster in Penicillium marneffei. FEBS journal 277(18):3750-3758.