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Dr Howard Yim

St. George Clin Sch- Operating
+61 02 9113 1350



My Current Research Interests:

Dr. Yim's current research focuses on the investigation of the role of gut microbiota in the development of colorectal cancer. He is interested in understanding the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer and identifying the host or microbial factors leading to this disease. He is also interested in translating these research outcome into therapeutic and preventive strategies to tackle or protect against the disease. 

 My Background:

Dr Howard Yim completed his PhD in the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. In his PhD study, he identified several viral and host proteins that contribute to the pathogenesis of infectious diseases, including AIDS and tuberculosis. He then continued his research in the pathogenesis of inflammatory disorders including inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) when he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University, Australia. 


Society Memberships & Professional Activities:

  • Member of Australia Chinese Association for Biomedical Science, Melbourne, Australia
  • Member of International Cytokine and Interferon Society, Bethesda MD, USA
  • Member of the Hong Kong Society for Immunology, Hong Kong
  • Member of the Victorian Infection and Immunity Network, Australia
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong


  •  Monash Supervisor Accreditation Level 1 Membership in 2016
  •  “Foundation of Teaching Associate” Course, Monash University Continuing Education Excellence Development program in 2016


  • NHMRC Early Career (Australia-China) Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia.  2013-2015
  • Ron Evans Cancer Research Fellowship, Evans & Partners. 2012.



  • 2017, UNSW 2018 Research Infrastructure Scheme: Supporting Collaborative Research, The University of New South Wales, Australia “Advanced Endoscopic In Vivo Imaging System”Principal Investigator: Prof. Emad El-OmarCo-Investigators: Prof. Michael Grimm, A/Prof. Winston Liauw, A/Prof. Zekry Amany, Dr. Lan Gong, Dr. Howard CH Yim, Prof. Steven Krilis, Prof. Beng Chong.

  • 2017, Microbiome Establishment Grant, St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, Australia. “Understanding the longitudinal impact of systemic anti-cancer therapy on the gut microbiome and correlates with efficacy and safety in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.” Principal Investigator: A/Prof. Winston Liauw Co-Investigators: Prof. Emad El-Omar, Dr. Howard CH Yim, Linda Zhang

  • 2011, Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases, HKSAR Government. “A role for oncogene in bacteria-induced immune responses: a potential building block for the new treatment development.” Principal Investigator: Dr. James C.B. Li ; Co-Investigators: Prof. Allan SY Lau and Dr. Howard CH Yim

  • 2011, Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases, HKSAR Government. “Cellular Oncogene Dysregulation of Chemokine and Cytokine Expression in Virus Infection.” Principal Investigator: Prof. Allan SY Lau; Co-Investigators: Dr. YY Leon, Dr. James C.B. Li and Dr. Howard CH Yim


The Milstein Travel Award, International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research, Bethesda MD, USA - 2012

Best Oral Presentation Award, the Hong Kong Society for Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Hong Kong. 2008

Seymour and Vivian Milstein Student Research Travel Award, International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research, Bethesda MD, USA. 2006

colorectal cancer
innate inflammation
mycobacterium tuberculosis
sars virus
intestinal microbiota
toll-like receptors
cellular signalling pathways
inflammatory bowel diseases
innate immunity
mucosal immunity
Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Socio-economic Objective (SEO) tags: 
Cancer and Related Disorders
Immune System and Allergy
Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: 
Areas of supervision: 

ILP and Hons students

Supervision keywords: 
colon cancer
gastrointestinal diseases
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