Ph.D. positions for highly motivated and creative students are available in the Faculty (FHS).  The Faculty has strong connections to overseas universities and institutions, our Ph.D. students may have training opportunity in other top-tier research institutes, including laboratories of Nobel laureates. For more details, please visit the website of the Graduate School of University of Macau or contact

Applicants should apply ONLINE at with curriculum vitae, relevant certificates and transcript, research interest proposal and contact information of at least two referees, etc.

Admission Requirement
As a research-oriented faculty, FHS only admits students with master degrees or good bachelor degrees for a Ph.D. programme.  Admission details, including the English language proficiency requirement, are located at the website of the Graduate School of University of Macau.

English Proficiency Requirement for 2018/2019 Intake
1. Applicant who received their Bachelor’s / Master’s degree from a university where the medium of instruction was not English are required to provide any of the following as proof of English proficiency:

  • Obtained a TOEFL* score of 550 (paper-based examination) / 80 (internet-based examination) or,
  • Obtained an IELTS* score of 6.0 or above with no sub-score lower than 5.5 or,
  • Obtained a CET6 score of 430 or above.

*Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

2. Applicants who received their Bachelor’s / Master’s degree from a university where the medium of instruction was English are required to provide a proof of English as the medium of instruction, if deemed necessary, issued by the applicants’ university where their Bachelor’s / Master’s degree was obtained (UM’s current students and graduates are not required to provide such proof).

Study Requirement
Ph.D. students in FHS need a minimum of 27 credits (students with Master’s Degree) and 30 credits (students without Master’s Degree) of course work and fulfill other requirements set in General Regulations Governing Ph.D. Programme in order to graduate.  These 27 credits of course work comprise of one University-wide on-line course “Research Ethics”, two Faculty-wide compulsory courses, one* Required Elective course and a doctoral thesis.
* Students admitted via the Direct Entry channel (without Master Degree) are required to take a total of two Required Elective courses.

Tuition fee and Post-graduate Assistantship
Starting from the academic year of 2014/2015, the Tuition Fee Scheme becomes credit-based.  All full-time Ph.D. students in the Faculty receive post-graduate assistantship of MOP12,500/month, which will be increased to MOP14,000/month after passing the qualifying examination and thesis proposal assessment, subject to the “University of Macau Funding Policy for PhD and Master Students

Ph.D. Specializations – List of Topics and Information of Supervisors
The Faculty offers a series of research topics which extensively cover numerous areas in the health and biomedical sciences.  Each project is supervised by one of our professors.

Name of SupervisorResearch TopicRecruitment DetailsContact
Chuxia DENG(1) Oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes
(2) Stem cells, Cancer metastasis and Drug development
Wei GE(1) Genetic analysis for roles of paracrine growth factors in zebrafish ovarian developmenr and function
(2) Genetic analysis for roles of paracrine growth factors in zebrafish ovarian developmenr and function
(3) Functional genomics of reproduction and aging
Edwin Chong Wing CHEUNGCancer biology, nuclear receptor, transcriptional regulation,
Kathy Qian LUO(1) Elucidating the mechanisms of antioxidant proteins in promoting metastasis and drug resistance in breast cancer cells
(2) Discovering driver genes for increasing the survival and metastasis of circulating tumor cells
Sanming WANG(1) Cancer resistant in brca1 gene mutation carriers
(2) Determine the pathogenicity of brca1 gene mutation
(3) Evolution origin of BRCA1 mutation
(4) Beneficial effects of BRCA1 mutation
Garry WONG(1) Genes involved in aging using Caenorbditis elegans as an animal model.
(2) Small noncoding RNA function in aging.
Yutao XIANG(1) Mental health in the poor and sick
(2) Health Service Research
(3) Clinical studies in severe mental illness
(4) Psychiatric epidemiology
Ren-He XUMesenchymal stem cells and therapeutic
Xiaohua Douglas ZHANG(1) Research on high-throughput biomedical data
(2) Research on high-throughput biomedical data
Wenhua ZHENG(1) New functions and targets of Foxo transcription fasctors
(2) The protective effect of artemisinin on neuronal and non-neuronal cells (including msc/ipsc/esc) and its underlying machanisms
(3) Foxo and aging
(4) New drug development
William Chong Hang CHAOStructural studies of cell‐cycle protein
Guokai CHENHuman pluripotent stem cell differentiation in chemically defined
Tzu Ming LIU(1) Advanced optical microscopy & spectroscopy
(2) Pharmakokinetics of nanomedicines
(3) Tumor microenvironment
(4) Virtual optical biopsy
(5) Medical spectroscopy
Terence Chuen Wai POONProteomics and cancer biomarker
Kin Yip TAM(1) Effect of a novel dual glp-1 and glp receptor agonist on alzheimer’s disease
(2) Development of novel pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 1 (pdk1) inhibitors for anticancer therapeutics
Zhen YUAN(1) Neuroimaging and neuroscience
(2) Biomedical optics and molecular imaging
Lijun DIMetabolic regulation of transcriptional program in
Henry KwokDiscover & investigate the role of novel venom-based peptide(s)/biomarker(s) in cancer progression to unlock its mechanism as a therapeutic drug(s)/target(s) development to fight against
Leo Tsz On LEE(1) Optogenetic analysis of GPCR hetero-complexes
(2) The role of GPCR in ovarian cancer progression and metastasis
(3) The using of RNA-dendrimer in ovarain cancer treatment
Gang LIMechanisms of pediatric gliomagenesis driven by h3f3a-k27m
Joong Sup SHIMExploiting synthetic lethality for cancer
Vivien Yafan WANGMechanism of gene regulation by nfkappab and Ikappab family
Chris Koon Ho WONGTranscription regulation of fungal pathogenesis and
Ruiyu XIE (1) Dissecting the roles of chromatin regulators in enhancer priming during endoderm lineage specification
(2) Developing multicellular pancreatic endoderm clusters for cell replacement therapies in diabetes
Hongjie ZHANGMolecular mechanisms of organ
Xuanjun ZHANGMolecular probes and nanoprobes for biological imaging and
Qi ZHAO1) Naked Antibody: Full-size antibody can serve as a modulator of disease-causing protein-protein interactions and mediator of immune responses toward disease targets for drug development.
2) Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs): ADCs provide biomarker-targeted delivery of a toxic drug for cancer therapy.
3) Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CARs): Engineered antibody fragment can be expressed as CARs on T cells for cancer biomarker-targeted T-cell-based immunotherapy.
4) Nanotherapeutics using immune cells as delivery vehicles for therapies.
Jun ZHENG(1) Functional studies on type vi secretion system in pathogenic vibrio parahaemolyticus
(2) Mechanism studies on antibiotic resistance on acinetobacter baumannii

Student Housing 
Postgraduate House (PGH) consists of 4 buildings (S1, S2, S3 and S4), offering more than 2,600 bed spaces mainly to UM non-local students.  All the rooms in the PGH are fully furnished, internet-connected, air-conditioned and with bathrooms, excluding personal necessities and beddings.  Please visit the following links for more information:
Postgraduate House
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