about Geoff

Chun-Yue Geoffrey Lau 劉俊宇, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Sciences

City University of Hong Kong

To Yuen Building, Room 1B-203

31 To Yuen St

Kowloon Tong

Hong Kong


T: +852 3442 4345

F: +852 3442 0549

E: geoff.lau@cityu.edu.hk



Random walks around the globe have taken Geoff from Hong Kong to Auckland to New York and then Boston/Cambridge. In 2007, Geoff received his PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, under the guidance of Suzanne Zukin and Michael Bennett. His postdoctoral research with Venki Murthy at Harvard focused on the role of inhibitory circuits in cortical information processing. Geoff is a recipient of a 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Outside of the lab, Geoff delves into the martial arts and photography. Geoff is now a principal investigator at City University of Hong Kong.


2007  Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY.


2004  M.S. in Biomed. Sci., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY.


2004  Neural Systems and Behavior, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.


2001  B. Technology in Biomed. Sci. (First Class Honors), Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand.

Positions held

2016 -        Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong. 


2008 - 16   Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

                   Advisor: Venkatesh N. Murthy, Ph.D.


2007 - 08   Research Associate, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY.

                    Advisors:    R. Suzanne Zukin, Ph.D. and Michael V. L. Bennett, D.Phil.



Honors and awards

2020                Co-Vice Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Neuroplasticity of Sensory Systems (canceled)

2018                Session Chair, International Alzheimer's Disease Conference, HK.

2016 –             Associate Editor, Bio-protocol

2014                Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard.

2010                NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

2005                Graduate Student Travel Award, Society for Neuroscience Chapters.

2004                Scholarship, Grass Foundation and City University of New York to attend the Neural Systems and                                Behavior Course, Marine Biological Laboratory.

2002                Honors, Neuropharmacology Course, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

2000 – 2001    Summer studentship, Univ. of Auckland.

1999 – 2000    Summer studentship, Univ. of Auckland.

1997                Excellence, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Auckland.

1997                Distinction, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Auckland.

1996                New Zealand team member, 28th International Chemistry Olympiad, Moscow, Russia.