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Dr. Maria Mercedes Garcia-Barceló


Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

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Dr Garcia-Barceló is Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. She received her PhD in biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1992. In 1996 she moved to Hong Kong and joined HKU in 2001. She is an active member of the International Hirschsprung Disease Consortium.


Room 1-05D, 1/F
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research
5 Sassoon Road
Hong Kong SAR

E-mail:    mmgarcia @ hku.hk
Telephone:    2831 5073



Dr Garcia-Barcelo's research interests include genetics of congenital disorders of the digestive track including Hirschsprung disease (congenital absence of neurons in the distal intestine), anorectal malformations (congenital obstruction of the anal opening) and biliary atresia (obliteration of the biliary system during the first weeks of life).

To uncover genes that, when altered, contribute to these disorders we have employed a wide array of methodological approaches and techniques including genome-wide association studies and whole exome sequencing (sequencing all the coding regions of the genome).