Professor Lo is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 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 diagnosis using this technology. This technology has been adopted globally and has created a paradigm in prenatal medicine. He has also made 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 and Founding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. He has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Future Science Prize in Life Science, the 2014 King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, the 2019 Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award and the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.