Dr. Terence L.T. Lau, Ph.D.
    Director of Innovation and Technology Development 
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical
    Convener, Food Safety Consortium 
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University    
    Board Member, DISH Global Centre for Food Safety and Quality
    Vice President, Hong Kong Food Safety Association


Dr. Terence Lau has over 20 years of experience on development and commercialization of innovative biotechnological products especially in the area of testing and molecular diagnostics. He started his career in a renowned Swiss-based multinational company, then involved in setting up biotechnology companies offering innovative products and services for clinical, food and veterinary industry. He directed the first laboratory in Asia to obtain accreditation (ISO17025) for qualitative and quantitative genetically modified organism analysis in early 2000s and have developed over 100 products that are sold globally. He also led the development of molecular avian influenza virus (AIV) detection products (including subtype H5) which were the first molecular AIV test kits that received official regulatory approval (Japan).

Dr. Lau has actively contributed his knowledge and experience to various industry organizations and government departments and has been serving as members of Expert Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance, Small and Medium Enterprise Committee, Enterprise Support Scheme of HKSAR Government and many others covering intellectual property, innovation and technology development, food and agricultural development, etc. Dr. Lau is also an Advisor of the Infectious Disease Centre of Peking University, an Adjunct Investigator of the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Science, Senior Advisor to United Nations Office for Project Services for a food safety project and Chief Technology Advisor of International Food Authenticity Assurance Organization based in New York. He is also appointed as a committee member of the National Committee on Biometrology of China, and the Chairman of the Board of the DISH Global Centre for Food Safety, a non-profit alliance between PolyU and three other universities in Europe to promote food related collaborations among EU - Hong Kong / China / Asia Pacific.

Dr. Lau has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed scientific articles including those published in Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine, and is the co-inventor of over 60 patents. He has also co-developed 5 Chinese National Standards and is the recipient of the Beijing Municipal Technology Award and Chinese Medical and Technological Award.

Representative Publications

Book Chapter:

Lau LT “Molecular Testing for Food Allergens”, Food Allergens Testing: Molecular, Immunochemical and Chromatographic Techniques, edited by G Siragakis and D KizisWiley-Blackwell, 2014, p29 - 45.

Research Articles:

1. Nancy B. Y. Tsui, Gregory Cheng, Teresa Chung, Christopher W. K. Lam, Anita Yee, Peter K. C. Chung, Tsz-Ki Kwan, Elaine Ko, Daihai He, Wing-tak Wong, Johnson Y. N. Lau, Lok Ting Lau, Manson Fok. (2018) Population-Wide Genetic Risk Prediction of Complex Diseases: A Pilot Feasibility Study in Macau Population for Prevision Public Healthcare Planning. Scientific Reports, 2018 Jan; 8(1853). (LTL, MF co-corresponding authors)

2. Lau LT, Feng XY, Lam TY, Hui HK, Yu AC. (2010) Development of multiplex nucleic acid sequence-based amplification for detection of human respiratory tract viruses. J Virol Methods. 2010 Sep;168(1-2):251-4.

3. Zhao Y, Lu M, Lau LT, Gao Z, Liu J, Yu AC, Cao Q, Ye J, McNutt MA, Gu J. (2008) Neutrophils may be a vehicle for viral replication and dissemination of human H5N1 avian influenza. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Dec 15; 47(12): 1575-8.

4. Lau LT, Reid SM, King DP, Lau AM, Shaw AE, Ferris NP, Yu AC. Detection of foot-and-mouth disease virus by nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA). Vet Microbiol. 2008 Jan 1;126(1-3):101-10. Epub 2007 Jul 14.

5. Gu J, Xie Z, Gao Z, Liu J, Korteweg C, Ye J, Lau LT, Lu J, Gao Z, Zhang B, McNutt MA, Lu M, Anderson VA, Gong E, Yu AC, Lipkin WI. H5N1 Infection of the respiratory tract and beyond: a viral localization study. The Lancet. 2007 Sept 29.

6. Lau LT, Fung YW, Yu ACH (2006) Detection of Animal Viruses using NASBA. Developments in Biologicals 126:7-15.

7. Fung YW, Lau LT, Wong PF, Choi KW, Chau TN, Lau ST, Wang CG, Dillon N, Yu ACH (2004) Use of clinical criteria and molecular diagnosis to more effectively monitor patients recovering after Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection. Clin Infect Dis 39:604-606.

8. Yu ACH, Lau LT, Fung WY (2004) Boosting the sensitivity of real-time PCR SARS detection by simultaneous reverse transcription and target gene pre-amplification. New Eng J Med 350:1577-1579.

9. Fung YW, Lau LT, Yu ACH (2004) The necessity of molecular diagnosis for avian influenza. Nature Biotechnology 22:267.

10. Lau LT, Fung YW, Wong FP, Lin SS, Wang CR, Li HL, Dillon N, Collins RA, Tam JS, Chan PK, Wang CG, Yu ACH (2003) A real-time PCR for SARS-coronavirus incorporating target gene pre-amplification. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 312:1290-1296.