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People > Academic Staff > Prof Arthur Fuk-Tat MAK
Arthur Fuk-Tat MAK
Professor and Programme Director & Division Head of Biomedical Engineering
BSc (UIUC), PhD (Northwestern), FHKAAST, FHKIE, SrMIEEE
+852 3943 8268
Rm 429, Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building

Resume of Career

Arthur Mak obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering Mechanics with highest honor from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and earned his Ph.D. in Biomechanics at Northwestern University in 1980. After spending 3 years of postdoctoral fellowship in Tissues Mechanics under Professor Van Mow at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, Arthur took up an Assistant Professorship in Bioengineering and Orthopedic Research at University of Pennsylvania. Arthur joined the Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Center at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1988 and became Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Engineering in 1997 and in the same year was appointed as the Head of the Center. In 2005-2009, Arthur served as the Founding Head of the Department of Health Technology and Informatics. Arthur was PolyU’s Associate Vice President (Academic Development) in 2006-2010 and Founding Dean of Students in 2008-2011. In 2011, Arthur joined CUHK as Professor in Biomedical Engineering, both in the Departments of Electronic Engineering and Mechanical & Automation Engineering. Arthur is currently serving as the Director of the Biomedical Engineering Programme and Head of the Graduate Division of Biomedical Engineering at CUHK.

Prof. Mak is serving in the editorial boards of a number of international journals on biomedical engineering and rehabilitation engineering. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Working Group of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a member of the World Council on Biomechanics. He was President of the World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers in 2009-2011, and was on the Executive Board of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2007-10. Prof. Mak has held visiting/adjunct faculty positions at Sichuan University, University of Pittsburgh, and Eindhoven University of Technology.

Current Research Interests

Biomaterials & biomechanics in tissue engineering; Modeling of biological tissue damage & regeneration; Musculoskeletal biomechanics; Pressure ulcers; Rehabilitation engineering

Highlights of Recent Achievements

  • Arthur has developed a model to simulate the damage accumulation and the subsequent repair of muscles around bony prominences due to repeated epidermal loadings. The theory includes deformational and ischemic damages during loading as well as reperfusion injury upon unloading before healing finally kicks in.
  • Arthur and his team have developed a method to coat bioactive molecules deep and uniformly into polymeric biodegradable scaffolds using a porogen transfer approach.
  • Arthur and his collaborators have developed a microfluidic method to study the interaction of mesenchymal stem cells with a concentration gradient of bioactive ligands to define efficiently the threshold ligand concentration for effective cellular interactions.

Taught Courses

For the past 33 years, Arthur has developed/taught the following courses/areas:

  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Surface Mechanics
  • Intro to Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Transport Processes in Living Systems
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • BME Ethics, Safety and Practice
  • Bionic Human and the Future of Being Human

Arthur received the Exemplary Teaching Award in the Department of Electronic Engineering in 2012.

Honors and Awards

  • M.E. Amstutz Award, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, 1974.
  • Bronze Tablet (Graduation with Highest Honor), Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1976.
  • Kappa Delta Award, Bioelectrical Repair and Growth Society, 1985.
  • President's Award of Overall Achievement, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1995-1996.
  • Bronze Award, Tissue Ultrasound Palpation System (with Zheng YP), 53rd World Exhibition of Innovation, Research & New Technology, Brussels, Nov. 2004.
  • Silver Award, Wearable Vital Sign Sensor (with Zheng YP, Wang CZ, Zhou YJ), 54th World Exhibition of Innovation, Research & New Technology, Brussels, Nov. 2005.

External Service in Recent 3 Years


  • International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering - Member, Asia-Pacific Working Group (1994-Present).
  • World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers - President (2008-2010) and Chairman, World Congress Organizing Committee (2009).
  • World Council on Biomechanics - Council Member (2006-present).
  • International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics - Executive Board, Member (2007-2010).
  • National Chiao Tong University, Taiwan - Member, Advisory Committee to President on Biomedical Engineering (2009).
  • National Taiwan University, Taiwan - Member, Assessment Committee, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering (2010).


  • Hong Kong Institution of Engineers - Biomedical Discipline Advisory Panel, Founding Chairman (2004-2006) and Member (2004-present).
  • Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation - Member, Advisory Committee (2007-present).
  • The Hong Kong Abilympics - Co-Chairman, Organizing Committee (2011).
  • Innovation and Technology Support Programme, Innovation & Technology Commission, HK - Assessor (2009-2012).
  • Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications -Council Member (2009-Present).

Publications for the Past 3 Years

  1. Mak AFT, Zhang M, Tam EWC. Biomechanics of Pressure Ulcer in Body Tissues Interacting with External Forces during Locomotion. Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering. Vol. 12: 29-53. 2010.

  2. Li J, Chen Y, Mak AFT, Tuan R, Li L, Li Y. A One-Step Method to Fabricate PLLA Scaffolds with Deposition of Bioactive Hydroxyapatite and Collagen using Ice-based Microporogens. Acta Biomaterialia. 6(6): 2013-2019. Jun. 2010.

  3. Liu ZB, Zhang Y, Yu JJ, Mak AFT, Li Y, Yang M. A Microfluidic Chip with Poly (Ethylene Glycol) Hydrogel Microarray on Nanoporous Alumina Membrane for Cell Patterning and Drug Testing. Sensors & Actuators B- Chemical, Vol. 143(2): 776-783. 2010.

  4. Xu BJ, Liu ZB, Lee YK, Mak AFT, Yang M. A PDMS Microfluidic System with Poly (Ethylene Glycol) (PEG) / SU-8 based Apertures for Planar Whole Cell Patch-Clamp Recordings. Sensors and Actuators A-Physical. 166: 219-225. 2011.

  5. Mak AFT, Yu YY, Kwan LPC, Lei S, Tam EWC. Deformation and Reperfusion Damages and Their Accumulation in Its Subcutaneous Tissues during Loading and Unloading: a Theoretical Modeling of Deep Tissue Injury. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 289: 65-73. 2011.

  6. Liu ZB, Xiao LD, Xu BJ, Zhang Y, Mak AFT, Li Y, Man WY, Yang M. Covalently immobilized biomolecule gradient on hydrogel surface using a gradient generating microfluidic device for a quantitative mesenchymal stem cell study. Biomicrofluidics, 6: 024111. Apr. 2012.


  • Li J, MAK AFT. Transfer of Uniform Cell Adhesion-Enhancing Agent from Vehicles to Pore Wall Surface of Scaffold. Chinese Patent No. 200610107999.5, Granted in May, 2010.
  • Koo TKK, MAK AFT, CHAO EYS. Bone Repositioning Device, Method, & System. Chinese Patent Application Number ZL200610108683.8, Granted in May 2010.