Liguan 李麗觀 LI
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Personal profile

I received my BSc and MSc in Environmental Science, got PhD in Environmental Engineering from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2016. After that, I went to the Denmark to pursue Postdoc research in microbial ecology in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In 2021, I came back to Hong Kong and joined HKU as Research Assistant Professor in Department of Civil Engineering. In July 2024, I joined Department of Science and Environmental Studies (SES), EdUHK.

I am committed to delivering teaching and research excellence, believe that the vibrant teaching and research environment at EdUHK will foster numerous productive collaborations in near future.

Research interests

My overarching research interests revolve around environmental microbiome – microbial communities and their interactions with the environment. I use a combination of modern experimental methods (molecular methods, bacteria culture, etc.) and advanced bioinformatic approaches (metagenomics, big-data mining, etc.) to answer fundamental and applied microbial ecological questions in the environment. More specifically, I am interested in exploring the potential of environmental microbiology research for public health management, elucidating effect of environmental pollutants on the development of antibiotic resistance, deciphering the behaviour of antibiotic resistance genes in the human related environment,. Under current One Health Initiative, I firmly believe pursuing environmental microbiology research in the context of human health and sustainable environment will largely facilitate tackling grand challenges facing humanity today like infectious disease, antibiotic resistance and climate change.

Teaching Interests


Environmental science

Environmental engineering

STEM education

External Appointments

Editorial board of Frontiers in Environmental Science

Editorial board Frontiers in Microbiology

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