Chun-Tao Che, Ph.D.

Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA

Dr. Che received his B.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and Ph.D. in pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). After receiving postdoctoral training at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto and returning to UIC as a Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Che joined the Department of Chemistry of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1991 as a founding faculty member. From 2000-2010, he served as the director of the new School of Chinese Medicine at CUHK.

In 2010, Dr. Che rejoined UIC to become the Norman R. Farnsworth Professor of Pharmacognosy, the first endowed professorship in the 150-year history of the College of Pharmacy. And in 2017, he accepted the honor of being named the Harry Fong Professor of Pharmacognosy. Since 2010, he serves as the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine at UIC.

For more than three decades, Dr. Che participated and witnessed the development of traditional Chinese medicine and pharmacognosy in many aspects. Among others, he founded and headed the School of Chinese Medicine in CUHK for over ten years, he was a member of the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Council, and has served in many occasions as a temporary adviser to the World Health Organization on traditional medicine and related subjects. He is also an international advisor to the Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards.

Dr. Che has gained international reputation as a scholar, researcher and educator. His main research interest is in natural products chemistry, including the discovery of biologically active substances from medicinal herbs, as well as establishing quality standards for herbal drugs and botanical products. He has published over 300 scientific research papers in the areas of pharmacognosy, natural products and Chinese medicines, and he has trained over sixty postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Terms of Appointment: April 2018 - April 2020