Dr. Alexander Lai
Associate Professor, Kentucky State University
Forward looking, innovative Scientist/Educator/Public Health Professional with outstanding credentials in academia and in public health. Always looking for new challenges. Team player, with leadership committed to excellence. Apply holistic approach and flexibility to achieve the best result. Integrity, honesty, loyalty, and service to humanity are my core values. Major Accomplishments As Scientist: • Major contributor to over 35 articles on molecular virology and immunology • Reviewer for funding agencies, journal articles, books, and animal/clinical trials • Secured over US$1.2 M funding in the past • Sole inventor of a US patent on DNA vaccine (US 7,244,435 B2); developed a second generation microarray for detection and identification of influenza virus (cited > 100 times) As Educator: • Over 22 years in teaching at university setting • Excellent teaching evaluation (>3.2 over 4.0) • Guided over 30 postdoctoral/graduate/undergraduate students in their research, with co-authored research articles • Served at various university committees, including Academic Appeals Board, Institutional Committee on the Use and Care of Animals in research, University Strategic Planning Committee As Public Health Professional: • Introduced various new diagnostic tests for viral infections • Achieved laboratory accreditation and boosted service quality • Training and evaluation of laboratory personnel • Interaction/liaison with other stake holders at local, national, and international levels Specialties: Viral pathogenesis, vaccine development, emerging infectious diseases, develop diagnostics
Aug 2013 - Present
Kentucky State University
Teaching courses for Biology majors as well as courses such as Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology for Nursing students.
Jan 2007 - Present
University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine/Microbiology
Hon. Asst. Prof.
Research, advising, review student thesis and manuscripts
Jul 2011 - Aug 2013
EnzaVac Biotech Ltd.
Chief Scientific Officer
Develop new technologies, new vaccines and other biologics; liaison with industrial partners and researchers at universities; strategic planning and identify unmet needs; management of in-house R&D, process validation, quality control and regulatory compliance.
Mar 2009 - Jul 2012
University of Hong Kong S.P.A.C.E./ Napier University
Teach various modules for M.Sc. in Med. Tech.
Jan 2008 - Aug 2009
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
Research on influenza and avian influenza. Strategic planning, research and management of a specific research group
Dec 2004 - Nov 2007
Centre for Health Protection
Manage a busy public health diagnostic laboratory Review and revise SOP, quality assurance; Supervise and train technical and research staff; Conduct strategic planning; Liaison with local, regional and international public health authorities; Investigate outbreaks; Research and development on diagnostics, epidemiology, and vaccines
Jan 1998 - Nov 2004
Oklahoma State University
Teach (student evaluation >3.2 out of 4.0) Research: influenza and *vaccine (publications and a US patent granted [US 7,244,435 B2]) ; Service (served at various university and departmental committees) *Conducted vaccine trial (equine influenza) funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club and by Fort Dodge Animal Health
Oct 1992 - Dec 1997
University of Kentucky
Research: equine influenza (*antigenicity, evolution, and epidemiology); Clinical: (veterinary) diagnostics; **Liaison with industrial partners *Conducted vaccine trial (equine influenza) funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club and by Fort Dodge Animal Health ** Participated in the investigation of the equine influenza epizootic in Shatin, 1992
1984 - 1989
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences / Virology
Molecular characterization of deletion mutants of vaccinia
1979 - 1982
University of Queensland, Australia
Honor Project: Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus