Biography of Professor Dennis Lo


Professor Dennis Lo is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine, Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, and Chairman of the Department of Chemical Pathology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong,China (CUHK). 


Professor Lo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, and his Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford, UK. He returned to Hong Kong in 1997.


His research interests focus on the biology and diagnostic applications of cell-free nucleic acids in plasma. In particular, he discovered the presence of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma in 1997 and has since then been pioneering non-invasive prenatal testing using this technology. This technology has been widely adopted in over 90 countries. Professor Lo has also seen the similarities between circulating DNA analysis for prenatal testing and cancer detection and has pushed forward the liquid biopsies of cancer. He has made particular contribution in many innovations using circulating nucleic acids for cancer detection, including the screening of early stage nasopharyngeal cancer. 


In recognition of his research, Professor Lo has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Founding Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. Professor Lo has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Future Science Prize in Life Science and the 2014 King Faisal International Prize in Medicine.