Professor Billy Kwok-Chong Chow


  • Undergraduate: B.Sc. Hon. (First Class), Physiology, University of British Columbia.
  • Graduate: Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of British Columbia, 1986-1991

Summary of Appointments:

  • July 2013 - now Professor, Chair of Endocrinology
  • Dec 06 - June 13 Professor
  • July 92 - Dec 06 Assistant and Associate Professor


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Title of Prize and Awards for research achievements, including prestigious titles and honours

2022 Healthy Longevity Catalyst Award 2022 in the Healthy Longevity Global Grant Challenge Competition organized by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (
2022 Distinguished Presentation Award, by VPAC ISBAP 2022
2017 Alumni Builder Award, University of British Columbia
2010 Research Output Prize, By The University of Hong Kong.
2007 Akira Arimura Young Investigator Award: By the international VIP/PACAP society. In memory of Prof Arimura who founded this research area.
2005 Grace Pickford Medal: By the International Federation of Comparative Endocrine Societies (IFCE). This is the most prestigious award for comparative endocrinologists, given out once every 4 years.
2005 Outstanding Researcher Award, By The University of Hong Kong.
2004 Croucher Senior Research Fellow by Croucher Foundation.
1995 Travel award for young scientist, International congress Neuroscience.
1992 Medical Research Council, Canada, Postdoctoral Fellowship. Highly competitive as there were only 30 of these postdoctoral fellows given out in 1992 in Canada.
1986-1991 Medical Research Council, Canada, Studentship.
1989 Special travel fund for young scientists (International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis).
1986 NSERC Summer Studentship, Canada.
1983-1985 University of BC Scholarship, UBC.
1983-1984 Quan Memorial Scholarship, UBC.

International Society Board Member, Journal Editor and Reviewer:
International Scientific Society Council Membership

Editor or Senior Editor

  1. Journal of Neurochemistry
  2. Peptides
  3. General Comparative Endocrinology
  4. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  5. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology (retired 2016)
  6. Frontier in Neuroendocrine Science (retired 2017)

Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer

Nature Communication, Journal of Neuroscience, Endocrinology, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Journal of Endocrinology, DNA Sequence, Genomics, American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory peptides, Peptides, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology etc.

Special focus on:

Brain-gut peptides and receptors:

1) The neuroactivity of secretin.
2) Pleiotropic functions of secretin in our body.
3) The secretin/VIP/glucagon family of peptides and their receptors.
4) Identification of novel growth hormone-releasing factors
5) Expression regulation of the GnRH/GnRH receptor genes.

Current Lab Members:

Mr. Oscar Chow

Post Doctoral Fellows
Dr. Mukesh Kumar
Dr. Fengwei Zhang
Dr. Shaik Abdullah Nawabjan

Ph.D. Scholars
Mr. Jian Wei
Mr. Liuru Su
Mr. Minghui Lin
Mr. Zhengyi Tao

Undergraduate Students
Ms. Xinyue Yu
Ms. Yeiji Choi

Research Assistants
Ms. Muthu Iswarya Gandhi Sethuraman
Ms. Xiao Deng
Ms. Minqi Xiang

Yes, I can be reached:


Phone: 852-3917-3850

Fax: 852-2858-3477

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