Esther Lau

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MD, University of Toronto
Master’s Degree, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Bachelor’s Degree, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto


Esther Lau was born in Hong Kong but grew up living in Toronto. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto in biomedical engineering before moving onto medical school, also at the University of Toronto.

Outside of work, she enjoys trying new restaurants and learning the ukulele.

While a Medical Innovation Fellow at Western, Lau would team up with her peer medical innovation fellows to enter the Proteus Innovation Competition where their commercialization plan for Dr. Kara Patterson’s mirror box for lower-extremity therapy device took home one of the top three spots and a $7500 prize. She went on to be a general surgery resident physician at Western University and McMaster University. She is now a Fellow of Thoracic Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.


Al-Dujaili SA, Lau E, Al-Dujaili H, Tsang K, Guenther A, You L. Apoptotic osteocytes regulate osteoclast precursor recruitment and differentiation in vitro. J Cell Biochem. 2011 Sep;112(9):2412-23. doi: 10.1002/jcb.23164. PubMed PMID: 21538477.

Lau E, Lee WD, Li J, Xiao A, Davies JE, Wu Q, Wang L, You L. Effect of low-magnitude, high-frequency vibration on osteogenic differentiation of rat mesenchymal stromal cells. J Orthop Res. 2011 Jul;29(7):1075-80. doi: 10.1002/jor.21334. Epub 2011 Feb 22. PubMed PMID: 21344497; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3119487.

Lau E, Al-Dujaili S, Guenther A, Liu D, Wang L, You L. Effect of low-magnitude, high-frequency vibration on osteocytes in the regulation of osteoclasts. Bone. 2010 Jun;46(6):1508-15. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2010.02.031. Epub 2010 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 20211285; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3084034.

Qiu L, Lai R, Lin Q, Lau E, Thomazy DM, Calame D, Ford RJ, Kwak LW, Kirken RA, Amin HM. Autocrine release of interleukin-9 promotes Jak3-dependent survival of ALK+ anaplastic large-cell lymphoma cells. Blood. 2006 Oct 1;108(7):2407-15. Epub 2006 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 16763206; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1895569.