Emily Ying Yang Chan is the convener and the core member of the CUHK Climate Change and Health study group and leads the climate change and behavior study team. Professor Chan qualified both as a biomedical engineer and a physician and has undergone academic training in Johns Hopkins University, Harvard School of Public Health, Hong Kong University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed a three year research fellowship (2003-2006) at the Program on Human Security at Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the Faculty of School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006 and has been teaching and conducting research in Climate Change and Health, Humanitarian Medicine, Injury and Violence, research methodology development of health need and impact evaluation for medical humanitarian assistance in resources deficit settings.
In 2007, she set up the Climate Change and Health Study group at School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong. The study group is multidisciplinary research team across the university to examine the various human health impact of climate change in Chinese urban communities.
Prof. Chan is currently a Fellow at the Morningside College, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Director of the newly established CERT-CUHK-Oxford University Centre for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) which aims to conduct research, teaching and engage in knowledge transfer projects in public health and medical disaster response in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. Professor Chan established and coordinates the CUHK SPHPC Humanitarian Initiatives which aims to support, and provide technical assistance to community based initiatives to improve the health of populations in developing, rural and resource deficit settings.