My research interests include cancer cell signaling, cancer genomics and tumor microenvironment, which are to reveal molecular alterations shared among different types of cancer and pointing to possible strategies for treatment.

In my laboratory, we have been studying DNA damage response and cancer genomic alterations (translocation, amplification, and deletion).

Moreover, we have been working on combined cancer treatment of chemo, photodynamic, and photothermal therapies. In future, my laboratory will continue these efforts in understanding cancer biology, identifying novel drug targets and therapies, and developing new cancer drugs using innovative nanoscale biomaterials.

Dr. Lu’s research interest spans across the field of cancer research, including human cancer genomics, targeted cancer therapy and cancer immunotherapy with a focus on solid tumors. He also has a long-standing interest in biomedical engineering.


  • Human Cancer genomics, targeted cancer therapy, cancer immunotherapy and biomedical engineering.

Subject Area:

  • Breast Cancer Innovation.
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina (past)

Vera Bradley Foundation Professor, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (past)

PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China, Biochemistry, 1998
BS, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, Biological Sciences, 1993