Chairman, Department of Chemical Pathology
Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dennis Lo is the Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his undergraduate education from the University of Cambridge, and his Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford.
Dennis Lo has been following Dr. Kan’s work since he was a medical student when he read an article titled ‘On a slow boat from China’, documenting Dr. Kan’s fascinating journey of science. Following Dr. Kan’s pioneering work in prenatal diagnosis, Dr. Lo worked in the area of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. He discovered the presence of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma in 1997. This work has resulted in a paradigm shift in prenatal medicine, making prenatal testing safer for pregnant women and their babies.
Dr. Lo is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, and has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine in 2014.