Professor Allen Chan
- Professor of Chemical Pathology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Chan is currently appointed as Professor of Chemical Pathology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
With Professor Dennis Lo and Rossa Chiu, he developed the noninvasive prenatal tests for detecting fetal Down syndrome and other chromosomal aneuploidies. The test has become a standard in prenatal testing and over ten million tests are performed each year across the world.
Professor Chan pioneered the development of circulating DNA analysis for cancer detection and led the first large-scale prospective study to evaluate the use of “liquid biopsy” for cancer screening. Using nasopharyngeal cancer as a model, his team showed that plasma DNA analysis is able to detect early asymptomatic cancers and improve survival. This work was selected as one of the ten notable articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2017.
Allen is a co-inventor of over 90 patent families and was named one of the “Top 20 Translational Researchers of 2020” by the renowned scientific journal Nature Biotechnology.