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​Prof. Kin-fai HO 何建輝教授

Prof. Kin-fai HO


BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD

Associate Director (Graduate Studies and Research) / Professor



ORCID: 0000-0001-7464-3437

Scopus Author ID: 56895512600

ResearcherID: D-7311-2013

Academic Appointments

  • Head of Graduate Division, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care

  • Associate Professor (by Courtesy), Earth System Science Programme, The Chinese University of Hong

  • Research Fellow, Institute of Environment, Energy, and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Taipei Medical University


Prof. Ho is an environmental scientist, focusing on exposure assessment of air pollutants in Hong Kong and China. He has strong background in analytical chemistry with many years of solid experiences in toxic air pollutants (TAPs) and health related research. He is also competent in applying cutting-edge analytical chemistry techniques in indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring. He has published over 170 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals with overall 6000 citations. His recent research focuses on toxic air pollutants and their impacts on human health such as particulate matter compositions, sources and health relations, exposure science and particle toxicology.

Research Interests

  • Indoor/Outdoor Air Pollution and Health

  • Particle Toxicology

  • Exposure Assessment

  • Bioaerosol

Recent Funded Research Projects 

  • Personal and ambient exposure to chemical composition of PM2.5 and PMcoarse and change of lung functions and biomarkers for inflammatory and oxidative stress in elderly, Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research Fund (PI: 2020-2022)

  • Relationship between outdoor and personal exposure to bioaerosols and their allergic airway inflammation in vitro, Research Grants Council - General Research Fund (PI: 2020-2022)

  • Inflammatory responses induced by secondary organic aerosols (SOA) generated from NO3- and OH- initiated oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Research Grants Council - General Research Fund (PI: 2019-2021)

  • Toxicological effects of fresh and aged gasoline exhaust particles in Hong Kong, Research Grants Council - General Research Fund (PI: 2018-2020)

  • Photochemical air pollution in highly urbanized subtropical regions: from micro environments to urban-terrestrial-oceanic interactions, Research Grant Council-Theme-based Research Fund (Co-PI: 2018-2022)

  • Characterization and formation of secondary organic aerosols from biomass burning, National Natural Science Foundation of China (PI: 2017-2019)

  • Toxicological effects associated with organic factors in urban submicron aerosols in Hong Kong, Research Grants Council - General Research Fund (PI: 2017-2019)

Selected Publications

  1. Liu, Y., Ning, Z.*, Chen, Y.*, Guo, M., Liu, Y., Kumar, Gali, N. K., Sun, L., Duan, Y., Cai, J., Westerdahl, D., Liu, X., Xu, K., Ho, K. F.*, Kan, H*, Fu, Q.*, Lan, K.* (2020). Aerodynamic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in two Wuhan hospitals. Nature, 582, 557-560.

  2. Qiu, H., Xia, X., Man, C. L., Ko, F., Yim, S. H. L., Kwok, T., Ho, K. F.* (2020). Real-time Monitoring of the Effects of Personal Temperature Exposure on Blood Oxygen Saturation Level in Elderly People With and Without Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Panel Study in Hong Kong. Environmental Science & Technology 54(11), 6869-6877.

  3. Qiu, H., Bai, C.-H., Chuang, K.-J., Fan, Y.-C., Chang, T.-P., Yim, S. H. L., Ho, K. F.* (2020). Association of ambient non-methane hydrocarbons exposure with respiratory hospitalizations: A time series study in Taipei, Taiwan. Science of The Total Environment, 729(10), 139010.

  4. Tong, X. N., Ho, J. M. W., Li, Z. Y., Lui, K. H., Kwok, T. C. Y., Tsoi, K. K. F., Ho, K. F.* (2020). Prediction model for air particulate matter levels in the households of elderly individuals in Hong Kong. Science of The Total Evironment, 715(15), 135323.

  5. Niu, X. Y., Chuang, H.-C., Wang, X. L., Ho, S. S. H., Li, L. J., Qu, L. Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G., Sun, J., Lee, S. C., Cao, J. J., Ho, K. F.* (2020). Cytotoxicity of PM2.5 vehicular emissions in the Shing Mun Tunnel, Hong Kong. Environmental Pollution, 263(A), 114386.

  6. Lui, K. H., Jones, T., BéruBé, K., Ho, S. S. H., Yim, S. H. L., Cao, J. J., Lee, S. C. Tian, L., Min, D. W., Ho, K. F.* (2019). The effects of particle-induced oxidative damage from exposure to airborne fine particulate matter components in the vicinity of landfill sites on Hong Kong. Chemosphere, 230, 578-586.

  7. Chuang, H.-C., Sun, J., Ni, H. Y., Tian, J., Lui, K. H., Han, Y. M., Cao, J. J., Huang, R.-J., Shen, Z. X., Ho, K. F.* (2019). Characterization of the chemical components and bioreactivity of fine particulate matter produced during crop-residue burning in China. Enviromental Pollution, 245, 226-234.

  8. Chen, X.-C., Chow, J. C., Ward, T. J., Cao, J. J., Lee, S.-C., Watson, J. G., Lau, N.-C., Yim, S. H. L., Ho, K. F.* (2019). Estimation of personal exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) of ambient origin for healthy adults in Hong Kong. Science of The Total Evironment, 654, 514-524.

  9. Fan, Z. L., Pun, V. C., Chen, X. C., Qiu, H., Tian, L. W., Ho, S. S. H., Lee, S. C., Tse, L. A., Ho, K. F.* (2018). Personal exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) and respiratory inflammation of common residents in Hong Kong. Environmental Research, 164, 24-31.

  10. Chen, X. C., Ward, T. J., Cao, J. J., Lee, S. C., Chow, J. C., Lau, G. N. C., Yim, S. H. L., Ho, K. F.* (2018). Determinants of personal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in adult subjects in Hong Kong. Science of the Total Environment, 628-629, 1165-1177.

Last Updated: 22 July 2020

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