Medicine Experts

Lo Yuk Ming, Dennis

Chemical Pathology
Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences
Hong Kong


Dennis Lo is the Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences and the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine at 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. 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 noninvasive prenatal diagnosis using this technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine in 2014.

Research Interest

Molecular diagnostics, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis, cancer biomarkers


  • Lo YMD, Lun FMF, Chan KCA, Tsui NBY, Chong KC, Lau TK, Leung, TY, Zee, BC, Cantor, CR, Chiu, RW. Digital PCR for the molecular detection of fetal chromosomal aneuploidy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2007; 104: 13116-13121.

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