About Louis

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Name:                      Louis Yu Pan Luk

Mobile:                    +44 29 2251 0161


Room 1.54, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

E-mail:                     LukLY@cardiff.ac.uk

Hyperlink:              Google Scholar and ORCID


2004-2010:   PhD, University of British Columbia

Mechanistic Studies on (S)-Norcoclaurine Synthase and Dimethylallyltryptophan Synthase

Principal Investigator: Professor Martin E. Tanner

1999-2004:   Chemistry and Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia


2012-2015    Research Associate, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K. PI: Professor Rudolf K. Allemann

2010-2011    Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, U.S.A. PI: Professor Stephen B. H. Kent

2004-2010    Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. PI: Professor Martin E. Tanner

2005-2009    Teaching Assistant/Tutor, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Supervisor: Dr Dana Zendrowski

2003-2003    NSERC USRA Scholar, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. PI: Professor Lindsay D. Eltis

Award Grants

Royal Society International Exchange Scheme. 03/2018-02/2020. Principal Investigator. Protein Nanoreactor: Encapsulating Toxic Biocatalyst for the Production of High-Value Cyclic Peptides.

Royal Society Research Grant. 03/2018-02/2019. Principal Investigator. Large scale fermentation of cyclic proteins.

Leverhulme Trust. 11/2017-10/2020. Principal Investigator. Designing Multifunctional Organocatalytic Artificial Enzymes.

Wellcome Seed Trust. 08/2016-08/2018. Principal Investigator. Dihydrofolate reductase interactome: an unrecognised network that can control DNA synthesis and cell replication.

BBSRC. 08/2014-07/2017. Co-investigator. Reaction-coupled dynamics in DHFR catalysis.

BBSRC. 04/2017-03/2020. Co-investigator. Traceless, non-invasive and spatiotemporal control of protein activity in cells.

Competitive Awards and Honours

2006             UBC Graduate Fellowship

2005             Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Graduate Scholarship Master (CGS M)

2005             Dr F. J. Nicholson Scholarship

2004-2006    Gladys Estella Laird Research Fellowship

2004             Graduate Entrance Scholarship

2002-2004    Dean’s Honour List

2003             NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

2002-2004    UBC Undergraduate Scholar Program Scholarship

2002             J. Fred Muir Memorial Scholarship in Science

Academic Conference Presentations

  • Cardiff School of Pharmacy, 2020
  • Department of Chemistry, Leeds University, 2020
  • RSC Organic Division South West Regional Meeting, Oxford University, 2020
  • IUPAC International Symposium on Bioorganic Chemistry (ISBOC), Peking University Shenzhen, China, 2019
  • Hilvert group at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 2019
  • Chemical Biology and Bioorganic Group (CBBG) Firbush, Scotland, 2019
  • Artzyme 2.0, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2019
  • Perth, University of West Australia, Australia, 2019
  • Castellón, Jaume I Universitat, Spain, 2019
  • Xiamen University, PRC China, 2019
  • Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, PRC China, 2019
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2019
  • Laurier Wilfred University, 2019
  • Nachwuchswissenschaftler-Symposium Bioorganische Chemie, Berlin, Germany, 2017
  • Telluride Protein Dynamics Workshop, Colorado, the US, 2015
  • International Cofactor Conference, Parma, Italy, 2014
  • Volcano Conference, Washington, the US, 2010
  • Volcano Conference, Washington, the US, 2009