Professor HUI Ho Lam Jerome


(Office): Rm 603A, Mong Man Wai Building, CUHK
(Lab): Rm 619, Mong Man Wai Building, CUHK

  People HHL 


(Office): (852) 3943 6316
(Lab): (852) 3943 6115

Fax (852) 2603 7246  
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2008 DPhil, University of Oxford
2005 MPhil, The University of Hong Kong
2003 BSc, The University of Hong Kong


  • Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • Director, Biology Programme
  • Affiliated Staff, Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory, School of Life Sciences
  • Investigator, State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology
  • Member, iTERM
  • Assembly of Fellows, New Asia College

 Research Interests

  • Insect and arthropod biology, cnidarians, invertebrates, insect-plant interactions
  • Marine biotechnology, molecular ecology and conservation of biodiversity
  • Evolutionary biology, genomics

Representative Publications

Full publication list

  • Nong WY^, Qu Z^, Li YQ^, Barton-Owen T^, Wong AY^, Yip HY, Lee HT, Narayana S, Baril T, Swale T, Cao J, Chan TF, Kwan HS, Ngai SM, Panagiotou G, Qian PY, Qiu JW, Yip KY, Ismail N, Pati S, John A, Tobe SS, Bendena WG, Cheung SG, Hayward A, Hui JHL*. (2021). Horseshoe crab genomes reveal the evolutionary fates of genes and microRNAs after three rounds (3R) of whole genome duplication. Communications Biology, 4, 83.
  • Qu Z^, Yiu WC^, Yip HY^, Nong WY^, Yu CW, Lee IH, Wong AY, Wong NW, Cheung FK, Chan TF, Lau KF, Zhong S, Chu KH, Tobe SS, Ferrier DE, Bendena WG, Hui JHL*. (2020). MicroRNA clusters integrate evolutionary constraints on expression and target affinities: the miR-6/5/4/286/3/309 cluster in Drosophila. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 37(10), 2955-2965.
  • Qu Z^, Nong WY^, So WL^, Barton-Owen T^, Li YQ^, Leung TC, Li C, Baril T, Wong AY, Swale T, Chan TF, Hayward A, Ngai SM, Hui JHL*. (2020). Millipede genomes reveal unique adaptation of genes and microRNAs during myriapod evolution. PLOS Biology, 18(9), e3000636.
  • Nong WY^, Cao JQ^, Li YQ^, Qu Z^, Leung TC, Sun J, Swale T, Yip HY, Qian PY, Qiu JW, Kwan HS, Bendena WG, Tobe SS, Chan TF, Yip KY, Chu KH, Ngai SM, Tsim KY, Holland PW*, Hui JHL*. (2020). Jellyfish genomes reveal distinct homeobox gene clusters and conservation of small RNA processing. Nature Communications, 11, 3051.
  • Nong WY^, Law ST^, Wong AY, Baril T, Swale T, Chu LM, Hayward A, Lau DT, Hui JHL*. (2020). Chromosomal-level reference genome of the incense tree Aquilaria sinensis. Molecular Ecology Resources, 20(4), 971-979.
  • Hui JHL* (2018). Copepod incompatibilities. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2(8). 1203-1204.
  • Qu Z, Bendena WG, Nong WY, Siggins KW, Noriega F, Kai ZP, Zang YY, Koon AC, Chan HY, Chan TF, Chu KH, Lam HM, Akam M, Tobe SS, Hui JHL* (2017). MicroRNAs regulate the sesquiterpenoid hormonal pathway in Drosophila and other arthropods. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 284, 1869.
  • Kenny NJ, Sin YW, Hayward A, Paps J, Chu KH, Hui JHL*. (2015). The phylogenetic utility and functional constraint of microRNA flanking sequences. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 282(1803), 2014983.

Research Grants

  • 2022-2025, NSGC/RGC, Population genomics of a freshwater snail and risk assessment of imported schistosomiasis transmission, $1,185,561
  • 2021-2024, RGC CRF, EarthBioGenome Project: Hong Kong, $3,250,000
  • 2021-2023, RGC GRF, Sesquiterpenoids in insects: MicroRNA cluster co-operation? $1,081,443
  • 2020-2021, SADF, Agricultural pests commonly found in Hong Kong, $2,512,026
  • 2019-2022, RGC GRF, Sesquiterpenoids in non-insect arthropods: Farnesoic acid and methyl farnesoate as major hormones in millipedes? $1,099,558
  • 2019-2020, ECF, Working out the soil biodiversity of millipedes in Hong Kong, $1,121,500
  • 2019-2020, RGC PROCORE, Tissue regeneration in invertebrate animals under climate change, $45,000
  • 2018-2019, ECF, Development of environmental DNA (eDNA) protocol for horseshoe crabs, $499,680
  • 2016-2019, RGC GRF, MicroRNA flanking sequence: a novel target for studying microRNA arm switching?, $651,203
  • 2015-2016, HMRF, Distribution and current infection status of African schistosomiasis transmitting snails in Hong Kong, $99,799
  • 2015-2018, RGC ECS, Regulation of the biosynthesis of sesquiterpenoid hormones by microRNAs in arthropods, $600,000


  • 2014, 2018, The Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award, CUHK


  • Editorial board - Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Endocrinology, Frontiers in Genetics, Frontiers in Physiology, Frontiers in Plant Science, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • Guest Editor - General and Comparative Endocrinology
  • Reviewer for journals - Nature Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Biology and Evolution, PLoS Genetics, Science Advances
  • IUCN SSC horseshoe crab specialist group
  • The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium