Professor LAU Kwok Fai


(Office): Rm 291, Science Centre South Block
(Lab): Rm 294, Science Centre South Block

People LKF 


(Office): (852) 3943 1106
(Lab): (852) 3943 6119

Fax (852) 2603 7246
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1999 Ph.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong
1994 M.Phil., Chinese University of Hong Kong
1992 B.Sc., Hong Kong Baptist University


  • Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • Program Director, MSc Programme in Biochemical and Biomedical Sciences, CUHK

Research Interests

  • Amyloid precursor protein interacting proteins in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Amyloid precursor protein and its interacting proteins in neurodevelopment 
  • Protein Kinases in neurodegenerative disorders

Representative Publications

  • Chau DD, Ng LLH, Zhai Y and Lau KF (2023) Amyloid precursor protein and its interacting proteins in neurodevelopment. Biochem Soc Trans 51(4), 1647-1659.
  • Iyaswamy A, Thakur A, Guan X, Fung T, Krishnamoorthi S, Gaurav I, Wang X, Yang Z, Lau KF, Wong M, Zhang K, Lian Q, NG R, Chen HJ and Li M (2023) Fe65 engineered neuronal exosomes encapsulating corynoxine-B ameliorate cognition and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy 8(1):404.
  • Zhai Y, Leung KT and Lau KF (2023) Regulation of cytohesins by their interactors. Neural Regen Res 18 (10) 2186-2187.
  • Chau DDL, Li W, Chan WWR, Sun JKI, Zhai Y, Chow HM and Lau KF (2022) Insulin stimulates atypical protein kinase C-mediated phosphorylation of the neuronal adaptor FE65 to potentiate neurite outgrowth by activating ARF6-Rac1 signalling. FASEB J. 36, e22594
  • Zhai Y, Chan WWR, Li W and Lau KF (2022) ARNO is recruited by the neuronal adaptor FE65 to potentiate ARF6-mediated neurite outgrowth. Open Biol (The Royal Society) 12, 220071.
  • Chan WWR, Li W, Chang RCC, and Lau KF (2020) ARF6-Rac1 signaling-mediated neurite outgrowth is potentiated by the neuronal adaptor FE65 through orchestrating ARF6 and ELMO1. FASEB J. 34, 16397-16413.
  • Chan WWR, Chau DLD, Li W and Lau KF (2019) Proximity Ligation Assay for the Investigation of the Intramolecular Interaction of ELMO1. Bio-protocol 9(23): e3449. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3449.
  • Chau DDL, Yung KWY, Chan WWL, An Y, Hao Y, Chan HYE, Ngo JCK and Lau KF (2019) Attenuation of amyloid-β generation by atypical protein kinase C-mediated phosphorylation of engulfment adaptor PTB domain containing 1 threonine 35. FASEB J. 33, 12019-12035
  • Chan WW, Li W, Chau D L and Lau KF (2019) An Enhanced Green Fluorescence Protein-based Assay for Studying Neurite Outgrowth in Primary Neurons. J Vis Exp. (152), e60031, doi:10.3791/60031
  • Li W, Chan, Chan WWR, Ngo JCK and Lau KF (2018) Emerging roles of neural adaptor FE65 in neurite outgrowth. Neural Regen Res. 13, 2085-2086.
  • Li W, Tam KMV, Chan WWR, Koon AC, Ngo JCK, Chan HYE and Lau KF (2018) Neuronal adaptor FE65 stimulates Rac1-mediated neurite outgrowth by recruiting and activating ELMO1. J Biol Chem. 293, 7674-7688.
  • Lee YS, Chow WNV and Lau KF (2017) Phosphorylation of FE65 at threonine 579 by GSK3β stimulates amyloid precursor protein processing. Scientific Reports 7(1):12456. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12334-2.
  • Chiu WY, Koon A, Ngo JCK, Chan HYE and Lau KF (2017) GULP1/CED-6 ameliorates Amyloid-β toxicity in a Drosophila model of Alzheimer's disease. Oncotarget 8, 99274-99283.
  • Lee CW, Stankowski, JN, Chew J, Cook CN, Lam YW, Almeida S, Carlomagno Y, Lau KF, Prudencio M, Gao FB, Bogyo M, Dickson DW and Petrucelli L (2017) The lysosomal protein cathepsin L is a progranulin protease. Molecular Neurodegeneration 12(1):55. doi: 10.1186/s13024-017-0196-6.
  • Chow WNV, Ngo JCK, Li W, Chen YW, Tam KMV, Chan HYE, Miller CCJ and Lau KF (2015) Phosphorylation of FE65 Serine-610 by serum- and glucocorticoid-induced kinase 1 modulates Alzheimer’s disease amyloid precursor protein processing. Biochemical Journal 470, 303-317.
  • Chow WNV, Cheung HNM, Li Wen and Lau KF (2015) FE65: roles beyond amyloid precursor protein processing. Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters 20, 66-87.
  • Stoica R, De Vos KJ, Paillusson S, Mueller S, Sancho R, Lau KF, Vizcay-Barrena G, Lin WL, Xu F, Lewis J, Dickson D, Petrucelli L, Mitchell J, Shaw CE and Miller CCJ (2014) ER-mitochondria associations are regulated by the VAPB-PTPIP51 interaction and are disrupted by FTD/ALS-associated TDP-43. Nature Communications 5, 3996. doi:10.1038/ncomms4996.
  • Cheung HN, Dunbar C, Mórotz GM, Cheng WH, Chan HY, Miller CC, Lau KF (2014) FE65 interacts with ADP-ribosylation factor 6 to promote neurite outgrowth. FASEB J 28, 337-349.
  • Chow WNV, Luk HW, Chan HYE and Lau KF (2012). Degradation of mutant huntingtin via ubiquitin-proteasome system is modulated by FE65. Biochemical Journal 443, 681-689.
  • Tsoi H, Lau TC, Tsang SY, Lau KF and Chan HY (2012) CAG expansion induces nucleolar stress in polyglutamine diseases. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109, 13428-13433.
  • Li M, Choi ST, Tsang KS, Shaw PC and Lau KF (2012) DNA Microarray Expression Analysis of Baicalin-induced Differentiation of C17.2 Neural Stem Cells. Chembiochem 18, 1286-1290.
  • Tsoi H, Lau CK, Lau KF and Chan HY (2011) Perturbation of U2AF65/NXF1-mediated RNA nuclear export enhances RNA toxicity in polyQ diseases 1. Human Molecular Genetics 20, 3787-3797.
  • Hao Y, Perkinton MS, Chan WW, Chan HYE, Miller CC and Lau KF (2011) GULP1 is a novel APP interacting protein that alters APP processing. Biochemical Journal 436, 631-639.
  • Li M, Tsang KS, Choi ST, Li K, Shaw PC and Lau KF (2011) Neuronal Differentiation of C17.2 Neural Stem Cells Induced by a Natural Flavonoid, Baicalin. Chembiochem 12, 449-456.
  • Lau KF* (*corresponding author), Chan WM, Perkinton MS, Tudor EL, Chang RC, Chan HY, McLoughlin DM and Miller CC (2008) Dexras1 interacts with FE65 to regulate FE65-amyloid precursor protein dependent transcription. Journal of Biological Chemistry 283, 34728-34737.

Research Grants

  • 2022-2025 Collaborative Research Equipment Grant (Co-PI)
  • 2021-2024 Health and Medical Research Fund (PI)
  • 2020-2023 RGC General Research Fund (Co-I)
  • 2019-2021 RGC General Research Fund (PI)
  • 2016-2018 Health and Medical Research Fund (PI)
  • 2015-2017 Health and Medical Research Fund (Co-I)
  • 2015-2017 RGC General Research Fund (Co-I)
  • 2014-2016 Health and Medical Research Fund (PI)
  • 2013-2015 RGC General Research Fund (PI)
  • 2013-2015 Health and Medical Research Fund (Co-I)
  • 2013-2015 Health and Medical Research Fund (Co-I)
  • 2013-2014 Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases (Co-I)
  • 2012-2014 RGC General Research Fund (Co-I)
  • 2011-2013 RGC General Research Fund (PI)
  • 2007-2010 RGC General Research Fund (PI)
  • 2005-2009 Motor Neurone Disease Association UK


  • Science Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award 2013/2014; 2018/2019
  • Croucher Foundation Fellowship 1999-2001

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
  • Editorial board member: International Journal of Brain Science; SOJ Biochemistry, International Journal of Neurology Research; American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience