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Dr KHONG, Mei Li (Joint Appointment with School of Clinical Medicine)

Dr KHONG, Mei Li (Joint Appointment with School of Clinical Medicine)

  • BSc (Hons) (UCSI University), PhD (HKU), FHEA
  • Lecturer / Digital Education Consultant 
4/F, William M. W. Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam
+852 3917 9788

Dr Mei Li Khong (FHEA) is a Lecturer / Digital Education Consultant at School of Clinical Medicine and School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Hong Kong (HKU). She specialises in teaching molecular biology, genetics, experimental and medical biotechnology in Regenerative Medicine and Biotechnology programmes. She completed her doctoral studies in Biomedical Sciences at HKU, focusing on the role of a prebiotic molecule (polyphosphate) in human health and disease. Her involvement at HKU has since broadened to medical education more generally, ranging from transdisciplinary projects to incorporating blended learning into the medical curriculum through modified flipped classrooms, redesigned online learning environments, and optimised educational technology.

Dr Khong is involved in multiple teaching development projects and received the Early Career Teaching Award 2022 & Teaching Innovation Award 2023. She is especially passionate about exploring the possibilities of student-educator partnership in teaching and learning, where students and faculty collaborate to co-design curriculum and pedagogy. She advocates using the transformative potential of student-educator partnership in shifting learning perspectives and bringing about student-centred improvements to a curriculum. Her team’s initiative on formalising student-educator partnerships in curriculum/pedagogy co-creation was awarded Global Bronze Winner in QS Reimagine Education Awards 2023.

  • Student-educator partnerships in curriculum and pedagogy co-creation
  • Blended learning / Technology-enhanced learning
  • Active learning strategies
  • Near-peer teaching strategies
  • Teaching and learning in biochemistry, human nutrition in health and disease, biomedical technology
  • Polyphosphate biology
  • Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Certificate, Association for Medical Education in Europe (2022)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE, United Kingdom (2020)
  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong (2018)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology, UCSI University (2012)

Biomedical Education (Peer-Reviewed):

  1. Chan, E., Khong, M.L., Torda, A.J., Tanner, J.A., Velan, G.M., Wong, G.T.C. (2022). Medical Teachers’ lived experience of online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-institutional study. BMC Medical Education. 22(303).
  2. Khong, M.L., and Tanner, J.A. (2021). A collaborative two-stage examination in biomedical sciences. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. 49:69-79.
  3. Khong, M.L., Chan, E., Tanner, J.A., Lee, P.P.W., and Wong, G. (2020). COVID-19 – A Covert Catalyst for Pedagogical Stocktake and Transformation: Perspectives of a Global Hub. MedEdPublish.

Biomedical Edcation (Others):

  1. Khong, M.L., and Tanner, J.A. (2019). Developing the research-teaching nexus within a transdisciplinary open platform Common Core course. Teaching and Learning Connections, 10.
  2. Li, H., Yau, A., Kung, K., Ng, J., Lam, M. & Khong, M.L. (2019). Promoting Service Learning in Higher Education by Implementing the Eczema Eradication Project (TEEP), In Kwan, A., Chan, K., Chu, B., Lam, P., Lau, P., Kwong, T., & Wong, C. (Eds.), Redesigning Student Learning Experience in Higher Education, HERDSA (Hong Kong Branch).

Biomedical Sciences (Peer-Reviewed):

  1. Khong, M.L., Li, L., Solesio, M.E., Pavlov, E.V., and Tanner, J.A. (2020). Inorganic Polyphosphate Controls Cyclophilin B-Mediated Collagen Folding in Osteoblasts. FEBS Journal. 287(20): 4500-4524.
  2. Li, L., Khong, M.L., Lui, E.L.H., Mebarek, S., Magne, D., Buchet, R., and Tanner, J.A. (2019). Long-Chain Polyphosphate in Osteoblast Matrix Vesicles: Enrichment and Inhibition of Mineralization. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – General Subjects. 1863(1): 199-209.
  3. Khong, M.L. and Hwang, J.S. (2017). Identification of venom-filled organelles in Aurelia aurita. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2 & 3:15-23.
  4. Lui, E.L.H., Ao, C.K.L., Li, L., Khong, M.L., and Tanner, J.A. (2016). Inorganic polyphosphate triggers upregulation of interleukin 11 in human osteoblast-like SaOS-2 cells. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 479(4): 766-771.

Principal Investigator:

2024-2026 HKU Teaching Development Grant: “Co-creating Systematic Learning Towards Clinical Mastery – An Interprofessional Student-Educator Partnership Approach”


HKU Teaching Development Grant: “Students as Co-Designers – Formalizing Student-Educator Partnerships in Curriculum and Pedagogy Co-Creation”



2024-2025 HKU Teaching Development Grant: “Empowering the Medical Educators of Tomorrow: Training Clinical Year Students for Clinical and Teaching Success”
2024-2025 HKU Teaching Development Grant: “A Game-Based Approach to Understanding Healthcare Inequality and (in)accessibility”


HKU Teaching Development Grant: “Developing automated feedback: Enhancing synergies between principles of effective feedback and automated feedback practices”


UGC Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant: “Developing a systematized humour pedagogical approach to enhance teaching and learning: a cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration”


HKU Teaching Development Grant: “Humour as pedagogical approach to improve student engagement, enhance learning and receive stress”


HKU Teaching Development Grant: “The impact of a student-driven near-peer teaching initiative for medical students: an exploratory study”


HKU Teaching Development Grant: “Evaluation of transformative e-learning initiatives in HKU MBBS curriculum”


Biomedical Education (selected list):

  • Champion (Project Advisor), Redesigning Student Learning Experience in Higher Education, HERDSA, Hong Kong (2024)
  • Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference 2024 Young Scholar Merit Award (2024)
  • Teaching Innovation Award 2023 (Team Leader), HKU Teaching Excellence Award (2023)
  • Global Bronze Winner for The Power of Partnerships Award, QS Reimagine Education Awards 2023 (2023)
  • First Place in Poster Showcase, 5th HKU Teaching and Learning Festival (2023)
  • Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference 2023 Young Scholar Merit Award (2023)
  • Early Career Teaching Award 2022, HKU Teaching Excellence Awards (2022)
  • Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference 2021 Short Communications Merit Award (2021)
  • Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference 2020 Short Communications Merit Award (2020)
  • Champion (Project Advisor), Redesigning Student Learning Experience in Higher Education, HERDSA, Hong Kong (2019)


Biomedical Sciences (selected list):

  • Champion for HKU Visualise Your Thesis 2018 (2018)
  • TOP 10 in Asia-Pacific 3 Minute Thesis (2018)
  • HKU 3 Minute Thesis Champion and People’s Choice Award (2018)
  • Young Investigator Award, Malaysian Society in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2017)
  • Runner-Up for Best Oral Presentation in 22nd Research Postgraduate Symposium (2017)
  • Best Poster Presentation Prize in Hong Kong Interuniversity Postgraduate Symposium 2017 (2017)
  • Runner-Up for Best Oral Presentation in 21st Research Postgraduate Symposium (2016)
  • Best Oral Presenter Award of 23rd Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar 2012 (2012)
  • Coordinator of SIMHSE (Students in Medical and Health Sciences Education) in EdTech & Active Learning Pedagogy, LKS Faculty of Medicine (2023 – present)
  • Member, Board of LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU (2023 – present)
  • Mentor, Professional Certificate of Academic Practice (PCAP), HKU (2023 – present)
  • Member, Task Force on LMS Functionality, HKU (2021-2022)
  • Academic Advisor/Counsellor, LKS Faculty of Medicine (2021 – present)
  • Mentor and Reviewer, HKU Advance HE (2020 – present)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Advance HE, United Kingdom (2020 - present)
  • Resident Tutor, Chi Sun College, HKU (2014-2019)


Last updated: 13 March 2024