Newsletter No. 459

10 459 • 4.6.2015 本刊由香港中文大学资讯处出版,每月出版两期。截稿日期及稿例载于 。 The CUHK Newsletter is published by the Information Services Office, CUHK, on a fortnightly basis. Submission guidelines and deadlines can be found at . 请扫描QR码阅读全文版: Scan the QR code for the full version 观看录像,请扫描QR码或浏览以下网址: To watch the video, please scan the QR code or visit: Can you tell us about your hobbies? In my teens, I had a group of friends who were football fanatics. We still play when I visit my hometown. In Hong Kong, I play football with the CUHK team every Tuesday evening. I also play badminton. My new hobby is watching films with my two boys every weekend. We just go the cinema and grab matinée tickets for whatever film is on. I also like photography and travel. In my first summer at university, my buddies and I decided that we would go white-water rafting from Guilin to Wuzhou. But after a day and a half, we found ourselves struggling and one of us was running a fever, so we gave up at Yangshuo and took the bus home. You studied at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou. Are you originally from Guangxi? Were you interested in plants from an early age? I’m from Wuzhou, a small, old and picturesque Cantonese-speaking city in Guangxi. My college exam results were such that I was eligible for some good universities. But I was not interested in any particular subject. The introduction of South China Agricultural University had a picture of a forest that caught my eye, so I applied. I knew very little about plants although I had been exposed to them at a young age. My mother was sent to the countryside to serve as a ‘barefoot doctor’ for some years and she brought me with her so I was always visiting villages. During my four years as a university student in Guangzhou, my real specialty was play. After morning classes, my friends and I would go kick some ball; some students studied at night, we hardly ever did; we did study before exams but would play again when they were over. We were happy and carefree. I only began thinking about my career when I applied to study overseas after graduation. You went to Canada for your MSc and PhD, and the US for your post-doc. Could you tell us about your Canadian and American experiences? I remember arriving in Vancouver on 1 January. It was snowing when I stepped out of the airport. Nobel Laureate biochemist Prof. Michael Smith had founded the Michael Smith Laboratories at University of British Columbia to study molecular genetics in humans, animals and plants, etc. It was considered very large and extremely advanced at the time—1989, and I was lucky enough to be able to join its Plant Biotechnology Laboratory as a Master’s student. After two years, I went to Simon Fraser for my PhD to delve even more deeply into plant molecular biology. This was followed by four years as a post-doc studying protein trafficking in plant cells at Washington State University in the US. How do you feel about winning the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship twice? I’m very happy and grateful to have received the award twice. I joined CUHK as a teacher in 2000. It was only in 2007, after having resided in Hong Kong for seven years and obtained my permanent ID card, that I was eligible to apply for the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship. The first award came in 2009 and it gave momentum to my research in the next few years. The new award should be a great boost to our Research Grants Council-funded Areas of Excellence project on organelle biogenesis and function. You’re clearly a brilliant researcher. You also won an exemplary teaching award. How would you describe your teaching style? Teaching is my first priority. A teacher must take his work very seriously and endeavour to give his very best. I always tell the students I’m supervising, don’t come looking for me when I need to teach. In my 15 years at CUHK, I have taught over 10 courses of varying class sizes. In a large class, say, one with over 250 students, I favour tutorials over class discussions. In small classes of 20 students, I will pose questions and get the students talking. Have you encountered a student who really impressed you and whom you think will go on to do great things? I can name 10 off-hand. Regina Choy , now a scientist in the US, is one of them. She received a Croucher Scholarship to conduct PhD research under Nobel Laureate Prof. Randy Schekman at UC Berkeley. She then did her postdoctoral training at UC San Francisco as a Croucher postdoctoral fellow. Another former student, Miao Yansong was awarded a Human Frontier Science Programme Post-doctoral Long-term Fellowship, after finishing his MPhil and PhD at CUHK (who received the CUHK Young Scholars Dissertation Award 2009 and Postgraduate Research Output Award 2009–2010). He went to UC Berkeley for his post-doc and is now a Nanyang assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 你对自己两度获得裘槎基金会优秀科研者奖有何感受? 我很开心也很感激。我在2000年加入中大,七年之后在2007 年取得永久居民身分证,我才合资格申请这个奖。2009年我 首次获奖,对于其后几年的研究帮助很大。今年第二次获奖, 对我们现在的细胞器生物合成及功能研究也会很有益处,这 项研究是得到研究资助局资助的卓越学科领域计划项目。 你的研究工作十分出色,也曾获得模范教学奖。你会怎样形 容自己的教学风格? 对我来说,教学是第一优先的工作。我认为当教师必须认真、尽 责、尽力。所以我对我实验室的学生说,我要上课教学时,就不 要来找我。我在中文大学十五年,教过超过十个课程,大班小班 都有。大班的有超过二百五十个学生,我就会较着重导修课,而 不是课堂讨论。至于二十人的小班,我会多发问,要学生发言。 有否遇过给你很深刻印象的学生,觉得他将来会有一番成就? 我随便可以数出十个。比如,现在在美国当科学家的 蔡惠恩 ,她 获得裘槎博士生奖学金,负笈加州大学柏克莱分校,师从诺贝尔 得主 Randy Schekman 教授念博士,之后再获裘槎博士后奖学 金,在加州大学旧金山分校从事博士后研究。另一名学生 缪岩松 在中大取得硕士和博士学位后(他曾获2009年的年青学者论文 奖和2009至10年的研究生学术成果奖),获得人类前沿科学计 划的长期奖学金,去了加州大学柏克莱分校从事博士后研究,现 在是新加坡南洋理工大学的南洋助理教授。 谈谈你的嗜好好吗? 我少年时代认识了一群爱踢足球的朋友,现在我回乡探望他们 时,仍会一起踢球。在香港,我每个星期二傍晚都与中大足球队 一起踢球。我也打羽毛球。我的新嗜好是每个周末带两个儿子 去看电影,早上即时到电影院就买票进去看,看什么都无所谓。 我也喜欢拍照和旅行。念大学第一年的暑假,我和几个朋友在桂 林玩漂流,原本打算一路漂到梧州,但经过一天半后就受不了, 其中一人发烧,所以我们到阳朔就放弃,最后要坐巴士回梧州。 你在广州的华南农业大学读书。你是广西人吗?是否自小就 对植物感兴趣? 我来自梧州,那是广西一个风景漂亮的古老小城,那里是讲白话 的。我的高考成绩足以申请重点大学,但我当时没有特别喜欢某 一科目,刚巧看到华南农业大学的介绍里有一张森林的照片,我 被它吸引,所以就申请了。那时我对植物没有什么认识,不过我 小时候也颇多接触植物,因为我母亲曾经在农村当赤脚医生,我 常跟着她到农村去。 我在广州念大学的四年可说是专修玩乐。早上上完课,下午就和 朋友去踢足球;有些学生晚上会温习,我们很少这样。到考试前 当然会温习,但一考完又去玩了,很开心自由。到了大学毕业后 申请出国留学,我才开始考虑事业。 你在加拿大念硕士和博士,在美国从事博士后研究,可以讲 讲你在这两地的经历吗? 我是在1月1日到达温哥华的,还记得踏出机场时正在下雪。曾获 诺贝尔奖的生物化学家 Michael Smith 教授在英属哥伦比亚大学 创立迈克尔 ‧ 史密斯实验室,研究人类、动物和植物等的分子基 因学,在当时1989年是很大型和非常先进的实验室。我很幸运加 入其植物生物技术实验室当硕士研究生。两年后我去了西蒙菲 莎大学念博士,更加深入研究植物分子生物学。之后四年我在美 国华盛顿大学从事博士后研究,研究植物细胞的蛋白质运输。 姜里文教授 生命科学学院细胞及分子生物学 课程主任 两届裘槎基金会优秀科研者奖得主 Prof. Jiang Liwen Director of Cell and Molecular Biology Programme, School of Life Sciences Two-time Winner of Croucher Senior Research Fellowship Photo by ISO staff 口谈实录 Viva Voce ’