Professor Ho-Leung Fung

Professor Ho-Leung Fung (PhC 1967)

Ho-Leung Fung (PhC 1967) is an international leader in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

He is currently professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University at Buffalo (UB), the State University of New York.

Professor Fung completed his studies at the Victorian College of Pharmacy (now Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences) in 1967.

He went on to complete his PhD in analytical pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutics at the University of Kansas in 1970.

In the same year, he was appointed assistant professor of pharmaceutics at UB. In 1978, he was appointed chairman of the department and in 1980 he became a professor.

Professor Fung has published more than 200 papers on his research, which includes pharmacokinetics (the study of drug movement into, within and out of the body) and pharmacodynamics (the study of how the concentration of a drug relates to its pharmacological effects).

His work on cardiovascular drugs called organic nitrates has resulted in better understanding of nitrate tolerance.

In 2008 Monash University awarded Professor Fung an honorary Doctor of Laws. He has received other awards for outstanding achievement including:

  • The Takeru and Aya Higuchi Memorial Award from Japan’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology in 1995;
  • The Research Achievement Award in Pharmacodynamics from the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1992;
  • The Research Achievement Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists in 1988; and
  • The Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award from the National Institutes of Health in 1988.

Professor Fung is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is also a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.