About Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine

As part of Karolinska Institutet, Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health by conducting cutting edge research in reparative medicine and related subjects, by creating a new platform for synergies between academia and innovation in Sweden and Hong Kong as well as China, and fostering future leaders in both academia and industry.

Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine (MWLC) is the result of a donation by Hong Kong-based businessman Ming Wai Lau to Karolinska Institutet in early 2015. MWLC consists of two units, one in Stockholm and one in Hong Kong. The focus of the Hong Kong unit, which is established at the Hong Kong Science Park, is to establish a technology hub exploring novel technologies, including genome editing, reprogramming, single cell transcriptomics, biomedical engineering, and 3D tissue imaging technologies.

View of the laboratory

Three group leaders have been recruited to the Hong Kong unit. These are Assistant Professors Sijie Chen, Linxian Li and Zongli Zheng.

Lau Faculty gathered together for the first time

Lau Fellows gathered together for the first time

The Stockholm unit encompasses a career support program for the most promising junior group leaders at KI in the broad subject of reparative medicine and who are pursuing outstanding research in subjects related to the field. The first six Lau Fellows were appointed in September 2016.


Finally, MWLC will establish a vibrant course program with research courses, workshops, and seminars at both the Stockholm and Hong Kong nodes, to further enhance interactions between the Karolinska Institutet and Hong Kong, and to create a vivid platform for synergistic collaborations.


The governing body of the MWLC is a steering group consisting of at least five and maximum eight members (see below).

The management team consists of the following members:

Administrative Director

Marie Tell

Phone: +46 8 524 863 73
E-mail: marie.b.tell@ki.se

Director Hong Kong node

Ronald Li

Phone: +852 2624 3804
E-mail: ronald.li@ki.se

Head of Administration, HK

Emily Ip

Phone: +852 2624 3807
E-mail: emily.ip@ki.se

Centre Coordinator

Agneta Wallin Levinovitz

Phone: +46852487331
E-mail: agneta.wallin.levinovitz@ki.se


Anna Däckfors

Phone: +46 8 524 860 05
E-mail: anna.dackfors@ki.se

Steering group

The steering group members are selected by the Vice Chancellor of Karolinska Institutet and they are:


Maria Masucci

Professor Maria Masucci (Chair), Deputy Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs at Karolinska Institutet

Maria Masucci is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs at Karolinska Institutet and Professor of Virology at Department of Cell and Molecular Biology.

She earned her MD with a specialisation in Oncology at the University of Ferrara Medical School in Italy.

Shortly thereafter, Professor Masucci came to KI, where she earned her doctorate in Tumour Biology and has been studying and working ever since.



Anders Gustafsson

Professor Anders Gustafsson, Dean of Research at Karolinska Institutet

Anders Gustafsson is Dean of Research at Karolinska Institutet and Professor of Periodontology at the Department of Dental Medicine and Dean of Research. He earned his dental and doctoral degrees at Karolinska Institutet, and was appointed professor in 2005 when he also became head of the unit for Periodontology and Dental Hygiene. 

As Dean of Research, Anders Gustafsson is chair of Karolinska Institutet's Board of Research.



Marie Tell

Marie Tell, Administrative Director of MWLC

Marie Tell is the Administrative Director of MWLC and represents the host institution in the MWLC Steering group.

From 1998 to 2001 she was Chief administrator at the Department of Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet and between 2001 and 2007 Director of Administrative Development at the University Administration. She held the Deputy University Director position at Karolinska Institutet between 2007 and 2017.



Ming Wai Lau

Mr. Ming Wai Lau, Donor

Mr. Ming Wai Lau is the Chairman of Chinese Estates Holdings Ltd and Vice Chairman of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre. He holds a Master of Laws and a PhD from the London School of Economics and King’s College London

In 2015 he donated USD 50 million, equivalent to SEK 400 million, one of the largest private donations ever received by Karolinska Institutet.



Paul Tam

Professor Paul Tam, representative from Hong Kong University

Professor Paul Tam, is a surgeon, scientist, educator and university leader. He has been Chair of Paediatric Surgery at The University of Hong Kong since 1996 and Li Shu-Pui Professor in Surgery since 2013.

Professor Tam graduated from the University of Hong Kong. He has special interests in minimal invasive surgery, genetics and regenerative medicine of birth defects such as Hirschsprung’s disease. He has published over 369 articles in internationally refereed journals, serves on many international professional associations and on editorial boards of several international journals.


Wai-Yee Chan

Professor Wai-Yee Chan, representative from Chinese University of Hong Kong

Wai-Yee Chan is Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, USA. His expertise is in developmental genomics and epigenomics, and molecular genetics of human endocrine disorders. He serves as Editor/Associate Editor of several international scientific journals and in study sections of a number of research funding agencies including the US NIH, the Wellcome Trust and Health Research Board of UK, etc. He has edited 5 books, and published over 190 scientific articles.

Administrative/Technical team

Patrick Chan Laboratory Manager
Eva Fung Laboratory Attendant
Ryan Gao Technical Officer
Molly Yang Executive Officer

Job opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellow in Cell-based Cardiac Regeneration, deadline to apply 31 August 2018

Executive Officer, deadline to apply 2 September 2018

Research Officer, deadline to apply 9 September 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, deadline to apply 16 september 2018

Research Assistant, deadline to apply 16 September 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow in Single-Cell Genomics, deadline to apply 31 October 2018


Centre Coordinator

Agneta Wallin Levinovitz

Phone: +46 8 52487331
E-mail: agneta.wallin.levinovitz@ki.se

Head of Administration, HK

Emily Ip

Phone: +852 2624 3800
E-mail: mwlc@ki.se


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