Dr. Wei Shen AIK
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
- SYSTEM HEALTH
Dr Aik, Wei Shen obtained his BA in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He then received his doctoral training in chemical biology at the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis centres on inhibition and structures of nucleic acid demethylases from the iron and 2-oxoglutarate-dependent oxygenase superfamily. Dr Aik then did a postdoctoral research in Structural Biology at Columbia University in the United States. At Columbia, he carried out structural biology research on histone pre-mRNA 3’-end processing. At Hong Kong Baptist University, Dr Aik combines structural biology and chemical biology to study RNA modifying proteins that are associated with cancer and viral infection. He aims to design therapies using structures of protein/nucleic acid complexes as guides. While the core technique of his laboratory is macromolecular X-ray crystallography, Dr Aik also incorporates other tools in structural biology and chemistry in his research, including cryo-electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, molecular biology and organic synthesis.