Professor Nancy Y. Ip, JP, MH, PhD
Vice-President for Research and Development
The Morningside Professor of Life Science


Prof Nancy Ip took office as Vice-President for Research and Development of HKUST on 1 November 2016.

Prof Ip received her PhD degree in Pharmacology from Harvard Medical School, after which she held the position of Senior Staff Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in New York. Since joining HKUST, she has served as the Dean of Science, Director of the Biotechnology Research Institute, and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. She is currently the Morningside Professor of Life Science and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience.

Her major research interests are in neural development and function as well as drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. She is well-known for her seminal discoveries in the biology of neurotrophic factors, which are proteins that promote the survival, development, and maintenance of neurons in the nervous system. She has also made important contributions towards understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and synaptic plasticity, and their dysregulation in neurological disorders.

As a highly accomplished researcher, Prof Ip has published over 260 scientific papers with 18,600 SCI citations, and holds 41 patents. She was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, and most recently, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof Ip is also a founding member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. She has received numerous awards and honors including the National Natural Science Awards, the L’OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Award, and the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (National Order of Merit) by the French Government. She is also the senior editor of the Journal of Neuroscience, and an elected Councillor for two leading global organizations in the fields of neuroscience and pharmacology: the Society for Neuroscience and the CINP (Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum). Furthermore, she is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Brain Research of the World Economic Forum.


Areas of Responsibility

The Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRG) has overall responsibilities for strategic development of research and postgraduate education, and provides leadership to the university community in building on our research excellence with the aim of making greater, more significant contributions to the betterment of Hong Kong, Mainland and beyond.

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for the advancement of high-impact and multi-disciplinary research, development of research collaboration and funding opportunities with local, Mainland and international partners, promotion of research and creative culture and activities, provision of research administrative support to the university community, and offering of high quality and comprehensive postgraduate education. Currently, it is supported by the following offices and state-of-the-art Central Research Facilities and Institutes: