Bulletin Spring‧Summer 1993

Profiles Dr. Mike Crosland Lecturer in Biology Dr. Mike Crosland received his B.Sc. in biology from Nottingham University in England. After graduation, he went to the University of New South Wales in Australia to study entomology and behavioural ecology, and was subsequently awarded the degree of Ph.D. for his work on social insects. He stayed in Australia for postdoctoral research on the basic biology o f social insect pests, and then spent two and a half years at the University of California at Davis developing DNA techniques to combat the invasion of Africanized ‘killer' bees in the US. Dr. Crosland joined The Chinese University in August 1992 as lecturer in biology. His research interests include some of the unique social insects in Hong Kong, and the evolution of insect resistance to the new generation of genetically-engineered crop plants that can produce their own insecticides. Dr. Chi-pui Pang Senior Lecturer in Chemical Pathology Dr. C. P. Pang graduated B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of London in 1978. He undertook postgraduate research on an E.P. Abraham Research Scholarship in the University of Oxford, working on β -lactamases — bacterial enzymes that destroy β -lactam antibiotics . After completing his D.Phil. programme in 1981, he stayed in Oxford for two years' postdoctoral research on the biosynthesis of penicillins and cephalosporins. I n December 1983 Dr. Pang returned to Hong Kong to join The Chinese University as lecturer in the Department of Chemical Pathology. There he developed chromatographic techniques, principally gas chromatography-mass fragmentography and high performance liquid chromatography, for the investigation of inherited metabolic diseases, chemical analysis of bile and stones, and determination of some tumour markers. He also established a number of new analytical techniques for clinical investigations such as diabetic control and vitamin D status. In October 1989 Dr. Pang went to Oxford agai n to receive specialist training in biotechnology on a Commonwealth medical fellowship. He returned in Augus t 1990 and established a Molecular Genetics Laboratory, where he studies the genetic basis of mental retardation and hyperlipidaemia. He also continues his research on childhood metabolic diseases and malignancy. Dr. Pang serves on the Council of the Hong Kong Society of Medical Genetics and the Education and Accreditation Committee of the Hong Kong Society of Clinical Chemistry. He has been lecturing widely in China since 1986, and was appointed visiting professor by the Shanghai Second Medical University in October 1992. Dr. Pang is a keen reader, whose humanness is built on an intellectual comprehension of nature and a sensate appreciation of history, literature and religion. He is married, and has two daughters. PROFILES 16