Ph.D., Professor, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tsinghua University
Dr. Lu is a world renowned neuroscientist studying brain development and cognitive functions, and related brain diseases. His pioneering research has led to the discovery that the brain growth factor BDNF plays a key role in nerve cell communication and plasticity, and identified a critical genetic variant in the BDNF gene that affects memory and cognitive functions in human. He is currently a Professor in the newly established School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Tsinghua University, and a member of “Thousand Talent Plan” Scholar – China’s most prestigious award for overseas returnees. He has served leadership positions in both academia - Executive Dean of Tsinghua University Medical School (2013-2016), and industry - Vice President of GlaxoSmithKline R&D (2009-2013) responsible for neurodegeneration drug discovery, internal research and external collaborations. Prior to that, Dr. Lu worked at US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 14 years, as Chief of Neural Development Section and then as Associate Director of a trans-NIH translational research program. Chief of Neural Development and Plasticity Section, US National Institute of Health (NIH), and Associate Director of a trans-NIH translational medicine program. Dr. Lu obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University Medical College and did his postdoctoral training with Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard at Rockefeller University. His current research focuses on neural circuits underlying cognitive functions, and development of diagnoses and treatments for neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. He has received many honors including the Ray Wu Award, Mathilde Solowey Award, etc, and he was named by Thomson Reuters in 2014 as one of World’s Most Cited Researchers, the only one in the neuroscience category named in China. In recent years, he has also devoted major efforts to science communication and co-founded an internet media “The-Intellectuals”, which is now the most influential science media in China.