Prof. NG Wai-lung, Billy

About me

NG Wai-lung, BillyNG Wai-Lung, Billy 吳濰龍

B.Sc. (1st Hons), Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3943 0671
Fax:(852) 2603 5295
Lab Webpage:

Personal Details

Professor Ng’s research interests are chemical biology, drug discovery, and medicinal chemistry. The Ng lab uses chemical, biological, and bioinformatics tools to develop novel small molecules for the treatment and diagnosis of various diseases, including cancers, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Professor Ng obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry (1st Class Hons.) and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). During his graduate study, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), under the generous funding supports from the Lee Hysan Foundation and the Fulbright Program. From 2014 – 2016, he joined the University of Oxford as a Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. He was then recruited to Harvard Medical School / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a research fellow from 2016 – 2019.

***The Ng lab is currently recruiting talented postdoctoral fellows/PhD students/research assistants/visiting scholars. Research background in cancer biology / pharmacogenomics / pharmacology / molecular biology would be an advantage. Please send your CV and a brief personal statement to


Research Interests

  • Research Interests: Chemical biology, drug discovery, and medicinal chemistry

  • Development of small-molecule inhibitors for the understanding, treatment, and diagnosis of human diseases (e.g. cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease);
  • Development of novel chemical biology tools for probing the post-translational modifications (PTMs) of gene regulatory proteins;
  • Using bioinformatic and molecular biology approaches to identity new druggable targets and to repurpose existing non-oncology drugs for the treatment of cancer.
  • Using a chemical biology approach to understand the interplay between epigenetics and metabolism, and to explore epigenetics- and metabolism-associated genes as therapeutic targets.

For more details, please refer to our lab webpage:

***The Ng lab is currently recruiting talented postdoctoral fellows/PhD students/research assistants/visiting scholars. Research background in cancer biology / pharmacogenomics / pharmacology / molecular biology would be an advantage. Please send your CV and a brief personal statement to




Representative Publications

For the most updated publication list:

  1. “Epigenome-wide CRISPR/Cas9 screen identifies vulnerabilities of Kras-driven lung cancer” Manuscript under review.
  2. Li, F., Huang, Q., Luster, T. A., Hu, H., Zhang, H., Ng, W.-L., Khodadadi-Jamayran, A., Deng, J., Chen, T., Wang, W., Fang, Z., Ranieri, M., Freeman, G. J., Qi, J., Miller, G. & Wong, K.-K. In vivo epigenetic CRISPR screen identifies Asf1a as an immunotherapeutic target in lung adenocarcinoma. Cancer Discovery, Published OnlineFirst. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-19-0780
  3. Zhao, L., Li, Z., Vong, J. S. L., Chen, X., Lai, H.-M., Yan, L. Y. C., Huang, J., Sy, S. K. H., Tian, X., Huang, Y., Chan, H. Y. E., So, H.-C., Ng, W.-L., Tang, Y., Lin, W.-J., Mok, V. C. T. & Ko, H. Zonation-dependent single-endothelial cell transcriptomic changes in the aged brain. bioRxiv, 800318 (2019). doi:
  4. Ng, W.-L. & Shing, T. K. M. Synthetic and Biological Studies of Carbasugar SGLT2 Inhibitors. Syn. Org. Chem. Jpn., 1215-1222 (2018).
    *This is an invited review article.
  5. Galan, S. R. G., Wickens, J. R., Dadova, J., Ng, W.-L., Zhang, X., Simion, R. A., Quinlan, R., Pires, E., Paton, R. S., Caddick, S., Chudasama, V. & Davis, B. G. Post-translational site-selective protein backbone alpha-deuteration. Nat Chem Biol 14, 955-963 (2018).
  6. Ng, W.-L., Wong, A. W. H. & Shing, T. K. M. Renewable Resource-Based Building Blocks/ Chirons for the Total Synthesis of Natural Products. In Efficiency in Natural Product Total Synthesis. P.-Q. Huang, Z.-J. Yao, R. P. Hsung., eds. Wiley, New York, 345 (2018). ISBN: 978-1-118-94022-8.
  7. Imiolek, M., Karunanithy, G., Ng, W.-L., Baldwin, A. J., Gouverneur, V. & Davis, B. G. Selective Radical Trifluoromethylation of Native Residues in Proteins. J Am Chem Soc 140, 1568-1571 (2018).
  8. Ng, W.-L., Li, H. C., Lau, K. M., Chan, A. K. N., Lau, C. B. & Shing, T. K. M. Concise and Stereodivergent Synthesis of Carbasugars Reveals Unexpected Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) of SGLT2 Inhibition. Sci Rep 7, 5581 (2017).
  9. Lai, H. M., Ng, W.-L., Gentleman, S. M. & Wu, W. Chemical Probes for Visualizing Intact Animal and Human Brain Tissue. Cell Chem Biol 24, 659-672 (2017).
  10. Ng, W.-L., Lau, K. M., Lau, C. B. & Shing, T. K. Palladium-Catalyzed Arylation of Carbasugars Enables the Discovery of Potent and Selective SGLT2 Inhibitors. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 55, 13818-13821 (2016). 
    *This article was highlighted in Synfacts, 2017, 13, 17.
  11. Wright, T. H., Bower, B. J., Chalker, J. M., Bernardes, G. J., Wiewiora, R., Ng, W.-L., Raj, R., Faulkner, S., Vallee, M. R., Phanumartwiwath, A., Coleman, O. D., Thezenas, M. L., Khan, M., Galan, S. R., Lercher, L., Schombs, M. W., Gerstberger, S., Palm-Espling, M. E., Baldwin, A. J., Kessler, B. M., Claridge, T. D., Mohammed, S. & Davis, B. G. Posttranslational mutagenesis: A chemical strategy for exploring protein side-chain diversity. Science 354, 597 (2016).
    *This article was highlighted in C&EN News, 2016, vol. 94, issue 38, and was also featured in Science, 2016, 354, 553 & Nature Method, 2016, 13, 907.
  12. Lai, H. M., Liu, A. K., Ng, W.-L., DeFelice, J., Lee, W. S., Li, H., Li, W., Ng, H. M., Chang, R. C., Lin, B., Wu, W. & Gentleman, S. M. Rationalisation and Validation of an Acrylamide-Free Procedure in Three-Dimensional Histological Imaging. PLoS One 11, e0158628 (2016).
  13. Shing, T. K. M.*, Ng, W.-L., Chan, J. Y. & Lau, C. B. Design, syntheses, and SAR studies of carbocyclic analogues of sergliflozin as potent sodium-dependent glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 52, 8401-8405 (2013). 
    *Corresponding author; **This article was highlighted in Synfacts, 2013, 9, 1147.
  14. Shing, T. K. M., Chen, Y. & Ng, W.-L. Carbocyclization of D-glucose: syntheses of gabosine I and streptol. Tetrahedron 67, 6001-6005 (2011).
  15. Shing, T. K. M., Chen, Y. & Ng, W.-L. Short and Efficient Syntheses of Gabosine I, Streptol, 7-O-Acetylstreptol, 1-epi-Streptol, Gabosine K, and Carba-alpha-D-glucose from delta-D-Gluconolactone. Synlett, 1318-1320 (2011).

Supplementary Information


  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (gratefully declined) (2016)
  • Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014 – 2016)
  • Fulbright-Lee Hysan Research Fellowship (2013 – 2014)
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2010 – 2014)


  • Best Poster Presentation Award, Oxford Synthesis Conference (2016)
  • Travel Award of International Symposium on Chemical Biology (2016)
  • Selected Participant of 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (2015)
  • Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence Award (2013)
  • Professor Charles K. Kao Student Creativity Awards – First Runner-up (2012)
  • T C Cheng Postgraduate Scholarship (2010)
  • College Head List (2009, 2007)
  • Dean’s Honours List (2009, 2008, 2007)
  • Dr. James C.N. Ma Memorial Scholarship (2009, 2008, 2007)
  • Ma Chao Or Memorial Scholarship (2009)
  • Professor Lau Oi-wah Memorial Scholarship (2009)
  • Wong Man Hop Scholarship (2007)


  • Associate member of American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Member of International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS)
  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Associate member of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)


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