Professor Nancy Y. Ip, PhD, BBS, MH, JP
Vice-President for Research and Development
The Morningside Professor of Life Science
Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience


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

Professor Ip received her PhD degree in Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School, after which she held the position of Senior Staff Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in New York. Since joining HKUST in 1993, she has served as the Dean of Science, Director of the Biotechnology Research Institute and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. Her major research interests are in neuronal functions and plasticity, as well as drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. As a highly accomplished researcher, Professor Ip has published 297 papers and holds 55 patents. She was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. Professor Ip has received numerous awards and honors including the National Natural Science Awards, the L’OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Award and the 10 Science Stars of China by Nature. She currently serves on the review panel of the International Human Frontier Science Program, the editorial board of Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, and was also an elected Councilor for the Society for Neuroscience and the Senior Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience.


Areas of Responsibility

The Vice-President for Research and Development (VPRD) has overall responsibilities for strategic development of research and knowledge transfer, 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.