Christopher Lau is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Lau holds a master's degree in economics from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in economics and molecular & cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked as a consultant in the health care industry providing regulatory and analytic support to medical device manufacturers and co-authored publications on the economic impact of infections in immuno-compromised populations and advised health care policies concerning new medical technologies. More recently, Lau was a Stanback fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute where he helped inform carbon emission reduction strategies. His current research interests include health, energy, defense, and technology policy, and their role in long-term economic development.