Professor KY Yuen has a distinguished history in researching and combatting pandemics. His 1059 publications with over 66,000 citations are mainly related to the research of novel microbes or emerging infectious disease agents, which has led his team to the discovery of over 60 novel disease agents, 10 bacteria, 4 fungi and 2 parasites.

During the outbreak of avian influenza virus H5N1 in 1997 in Hong Kong, Professor KY Yuen was the first to report in the Lancet about the unusual clinical severity and high mortality of patients infected with this virus, which could be identified by the in-house designed molecular test at his laboratory. During the outbreak of SARS in 2003, he led his team in the discovery of the SARS coronavirus and was honoured as one of the Asian heroes of the year by Time Asia Magazine. He has advised China and led the Hong Kong Public Health response to SARS-CoV-2. Yuen Kwok-yung is the Henry Fok Professor in Infectious Diseases and Chair of Infectious Diseases of Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong.

He graduated from the Medical School at the University of Hong Kong and was awarded State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Special class), the Justice of Peace by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, and Gold & Silver Bauhinia Star Awardee of the HKSAR. He is also Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Lond, Edin), Surgeons(Glas) and Pathologists(UK), Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (Basic Medicine and Health) Founding Member of Hong Kong Academy of Sciences.  ​