Christine Luk


      PhD (Arizona State University, 2014)
      Post-doctoral Fellow, The University of Hong Kong


      A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Luk is a joint postdoctoral fellow at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (China Studies) and the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at The University of Hong Kong. Trained as a historian of science at Arizona State University, her research interests revolve around the history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology of bioscience and biotech in modern and contemporary China. Her first book, A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China, was published by Springer in 2015. She is now working on her second book project about the history of marine biology in modern China. In addition, she has served as proposal reviewer for the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and manuscript reviewer for the journal Endeavor.


      Room 116, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3917-8110
      Fax: (852) 2559-6143

      Selected Publications


      A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China

      2015 A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China , Dordrecht: Springer Press, 110 pages.
      [Available at and; reviewed at Metascience]


      (Forthcoming) “The First Marine Biological Station in Modern China: Amoy and the Amphioxus”, in R. Ankeny, J. Maienschein, and K. Matlin (eds.), From the Beach to the Bench: Why Marine Biological Studies? Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

      2017 “Radium, Biophysics, and Radiobiology: Tracing the History of Radiobiology in Twentieth-Century China,” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (First Online: 02 November 2017)

      2016 “Making Space for Engineering Education: the South China Institute of Engineering” Engineering Studies, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 163-188.

      2016 “Biotech in Hong Kong: How Biologist-Entrepreneurs Pursued ‘Hong Kong’s Bioscience Dream’” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal, vol. 10, iss. 3, pp. 291-313.

      2015 “Building Biophysics in Mid-century China: The University of Science and Technology of China” Journal of the History of Biology. vol. 48, iss. 2, pp. 201-235.

      2010 “Contextualizing Pipeline Leakage in Engineering and Technology: the Emerging Career Aspiration of Doctoral Engineers in Hong Kong,” in Godfroy-Genin, Anne-Sophie, (ed.) Women in Engineering and Technology Research, The PROMETEA Conference Proceedings, Zürich: Lit. Verlag, pp. 129-148.

      Book Reviews

      “Review of 2016 Sigrid Schmalzer, Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, in Journal of the History of Biology (2018) vol. 51, iss. 1, pp. 179-182.

      “Review of 2017 Priscilla Song, Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, in Asian Medicine (submitted).

      Online writings

      2017 “From ASU to HKU: My Academic Job-Search, ” History of Science Society (HSS) Newsletter

      2016 “Space biology and China: rethinking the space age in a multi-polar world,” China Policy Institute (co-authored with Subodhana Wijeyeratne)

      2015 “New Book: A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China,” As We Think Now


      2012 “Jishu shang de zhong you tiaojie: cong nei bu jin xing zhili (Midstream Modulation of Technology: Governance from Within)”. Chinese translation of Erick Fisher, Roop Mahajan, and Carl Mitcham’s article in Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, vol. 26, no. 6, December 2006, pp. 485-496. In Zhongguo jishu zhexue nianjian (Research Yearbook of Philosophy of Technology in China (2010-2011), Zueyan Liu, Xukun Wang, and Qian Wang (eds.), Dalian: Dalian University of Technology Press, pp. 182-196. (English-Chinese, with Zhu Qin)

      Research Projects

      Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research (2016 – 17): Putting the Ocean in Chinese History: Exploring the Place of Marine Biology in Modern and Contemporary China

      Sin Wai-Kin Junior Fellow Program (2016 – 17):  The Marine Biological Station at Amoy University: Transnationality and Locality of Biology in Republican China, 1929 – 1946


      SINO 3001 Capstone in China Studies

      SINO 2004 Readings in China Studies

      CCGL 9028 Gender, Health, and Globalization (tutorial instructor)