Dr. Olga (Olya) A. Zayts


I arrived in Hong Kong in December 2003 after completing my PhD studies in St. Petersburg, Russia, and have researched and taught in this vibrant city ever since. My areas of expertise and research interests broadly include interactional approaches to professional communication, in particular in healthcare and business settings.

In the past few years I have been working on a number of research projects studying social interactions in the genetic counselling and prenatal screening contexts in Hong Kong in collaboration with public hospitals and the Clinical Genetic Services of Hong Kong. I have also been studying business interactions in a number of large international corporations and privately-owned businesses.

Currently I lead Health Communication Research Cluster at the Center for the Humanities and Medicine, HKU where I also serve as a Board Member; and I am a member of the Consortium on Clinical Genetics and Genomic Medicine (Hong Kong West Cluster (HKWC)/HKU) that strives to improve genetic and genomic services in Hong Kong. Besides work, I also love spending time with my two sons and enjoy trail running around Asia.

For the latest development of 'Language in Healthcare' (LiH), an inter-disciplinary academic initiative seeking to research, facilitate, and enhance healthcare communications, please check http://hkulih.hku.hk/.

Areas of Expertise and Interest

  • Discourse analysis; interactional pragmatics; semantics
  • Health communication, in particular in genetic counselling and prenatal screening contexts
  • Telemedicine, telegenetic counselling communication (vs. face-to-face counselling)
  • Inter-professional communication in healthcare and business settings
  • Business communication

Upcoming Events

  1. 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Human Genetics
    Hanoi, Vietnam. 16-18 September 2015

Past Events

  1. The 13th Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine & Ethics (COMET 2015)
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 25-27 June 2015
    Click here for the event photos.

  2. Genetic Consultations / Counselling in South Asia
    Workshop at 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Human Genetics. Kuala Lumpur, 5-8 Dec 2012

    Report from the workshop published in Journal of Genetic Counseling

  3. Winter School on Health Communication
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 2012; 2013; 2014


Dr. Olga (Olya) A. Zayts
Room 738, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower (Building B, Arts)
Centennial Campus

The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong, China

(+852) 3917 7275