Professor HUI Ho Lam Jerome


(Office): Rm 503, Mong Man Wai Building, CUHK
(Lab): Rm 507E, 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, zoonotic diseases, insect-plant interactions
  • Marine biotechnology, molecular ecology and conservation of biodiversity
  • Evolutionary biology

Representative Publications

Full publication list

  • 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.
  • Sun J, Zhang Y, Xu T, Zhang Y, Mu H, Zhang Y, Lan Y, Fields CJ, Hui JHL, Zhang W, Li R, Nong WY, Cheung FK, Qiu JW, Qian PY (2017). Adaptation to deep-sea chemosynthetic environments as revealed by mussel genomes. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 0121.
  • Kenny NJ^, Chan KW^, Nong WY, Qu Z, Maeso I, Yip HY, Chan TF, Kwan HS, Holland PWH, Chu KH, Hui JHL*. (2016). Ancestral whole genome duplication in marine chelicerate horseshoe crabs. Heredity, 116, 190-199. (One of the most cited papers of the journal from 2016)
  • Qu Z, Kenny NJ, Lam HM, Chan TF, Chu KH, Bendena WG, Tobe SS, Hui JHL*. (2015). How did arthropod sesquiterpenoids and ecdysteroids arise? Comparison of hormonal pathway genes in non-insect arthropod genomes. Genome Biology and Evolution, 7(7), 1951-1959. (Mentioned in journal Science)
  • 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.
  • Kenny NJ, Shen T, Chan T, Wong NW, Chan TF, Chu KH, Lam HM, Hui JHL*. (2015). Genome of the rusty millipede, Trigoniulus corallinus, illuminates diplopod, myriapod and arthropod evolution. Genome Biology and Evolution, 7(5), 1280-1295. (Cover story of the journal)
  • Cheng X, Hui JHL, Lee YY, Law PT, Kwan HS (2015). A "developmental hourglass" in fungi. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(6), 1556-1566.
  • Quah S, Hui JHL, Holland PWH (2015). A burst of miRNA innovation in the early evolution of butterflies and moths. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(5), 1161-1174.
  • Centipede Genome Consortium (2014). The first myriapod genome sequence reveals conservative arthropod gene content and genome organisation in the centipede Strigamia maritima. PLoS Biology 12(11): e1002005 (Cover story of the journal)
  • Hui JHL, Marco A, Hunt S, Melling J, Griffiths-Jones S, Ronshaugen M (2013). Structure, evolution and function of the bi-directionally transcribed iab-4 microRNA locus in insects. Nucleic Acids Research, 41(5), 3352-3361.
  • Hui JHL, McDougall C, Monteiro AS, Holland PWH, Arendt D, Balavoine G, Ferrier DEK (2012). Extensive chordate and annelid macrosynteny reveals ancestral homeobox gene organisation. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29(1), 157-165.
  • Griffiths-Jones S^, Hui JHL^, Marco A, Ronshaugen M (2011). (^ = contributed equally). MicroRNA evolution by arm switching. EMBO Reports, 12, 172-177. (Evaluated by F1000)
  • Hui JHL, Raible F, Kortchagina N, Dray N, Samain S, Magdelenat G, Jubin C, Segurens B, Balavoine G, Arendt D, Ferrier DEK (2009). Features of the ancestral bilaterian inferred from Platynereis dumerilii ParaHox genes. BMC Biology, 7(1), e43. (Featured article of the journal)


Research Grants

  • 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


  • 2014-2015, 2017-2018, The Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award, CUHK


  • Editorial board - Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Endocrinology, Frontiers in Genetics, Frontiers in Plant Science, Marine Biodiversity Records
  • Guest Editor - General and Comparative Endocrinology
  • Specialist group - IUCN SSC horseshoe crab specialist group
  • Reviewer for journals - Nature Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Biology and Evolution, PLoS Genetics, Science Advances