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Researchers at the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have found that most individuals after given two doses of the vaccine (either BioNtech or Coronavac) do not produce sufficient levels of serum antibodies against the new Omicron virus variant. The public is advised to get a third dose of the vaccine as soon as possible while awaiting for the next generation of more matched vaccine. The results of the study have been accepted for publication in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.  It is available online as a preprint.
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After successfully isolating the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant from clinical specimens, researchers at the Department of Microbiology at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) are now collaborating with governments and vaccine manufacturers in order to quickly advance the development and production of vaccines against the variant.
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Renowned scholar Professor Vivian Wing-Wah YAM, Dean of Science (Interim) and Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), has been selected as one of the three prominent scientists who have made significant fundamental contributions in their respective fields of energy research in the inaugural “Pioneers in Energy Research” (PIERs) programme by Energy & Fuels of American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications. She is honored in the field of solar energy and conversion of light for her outstanding contribution to the area of novel excited states for organic light-emitting materials/devices and solar energy conversion.
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Researchers at the Department of Microbiology at The University of Hong Kong have succeeded in the isolation of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant from clinical specimens.
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Offering generous entrance scholarships that recognise students' remarkable achievements, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) empowers students from diverse backgrounds to pursue their dreams and develop their ambitions towards shaping a promising future. The HKU entrance scholarships may cover full tuition fees and accommodation and general living allowance.
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Professor Alfonso H.W. Ngan, Kingboard Endowed Professor in Materials Engineering, and Chair Professor in Material Sciences and Engineering of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has been elected as an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in the U.K. He is the only international fellow from Asia named by the Academy this year.
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Dr Koon Yee Wan of the Faculty of Arts, and Professor Daniel Wong Fu Keung of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have received awards under the 2021 UGC Teaching Award scheme. 
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In a journal article published in Biomaterials Science titled “Biofilm inhibition in oral pathogens by nanodiamonds”, scientists from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) revealed for the first time the inhibitory effect on oral pathogenic biofilms by high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) NDs.
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The Laboratory for Space Research (LSR) and Department of Physics of The University of Hong Kong(HKU) joined hands with collaborators from the UK, Spain, Hungary and France, pursued an investigation to unravel this mystery via newly uncovered clues of their own discovery. Remarkably, the guest star of AD 1181, reported at the time to be as bright as the planet Saturn, was the only historical supernova(SN) of the last thousand years that has been without identification with a real object.
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Professor Yao Wang from the Faculty of Science and Professor Mingxin Huang from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), have both been awarded the 2021 Xplorer Prize. Supported by Tencent, the award is presented to young scientists under the age of 45 who demonstrate exceptional quality and innovation in their field of research.