Headshot portrait of Frances Lau - Bio-X Bowes Fellow
Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2007
Home Department: Electrical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Craig Levin (Radiology) and Mark Horowitz (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science)

Research Title: Advanced positron emission tomography PET system dedicated to breast cancer imaging

Research Description: Frances was developing an ultra-high resolution Positron Emission Tomography (PET) system dedicated to breast cancer imaging. PET is a non-invasive, in vivo molecular imaging technology that has shown promise for early identification of breast cancer due to its ability to visualize biochemical changes in malignant tissue well before structural changes occur. She applied hardware design and signal integrity concepts to develop data acquisition electronics that read out and process the small signals detected. She also used ideas from high-speed data communication circuits to propose and design a novel integrated circuit for a future PET system.


Frances is an R&D manager at Facebook, working on human-computer interaction for AR/VR.