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Hang Lu

Professor, School of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and James R. Fair Faculty Fellow

Hang Lu

Professor Hang Lu received her B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her M.S.C.E.P and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently a Professor in the School of Chemical & Bio molecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Lu's research interests involve the interface of engineering and biology and her lab, the Lu Fluidics Group, is conducting research at these interface levels. The Lu Fluidics Group engineers BioMEMS (Bio Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) and microfluidic devices to address questions in neuroscience, cell biology, and biotechnology that are difficult to answer using conventional techniques.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Microfluidic systems for high-throughput screens and image-based genetics and genomics
  • Micro technologies for optical stimulation and optical recording
  • Systems biology: large-scale experimentation and automation
  • Developmental neurobiology, behavioral neurobiology, systems neuroscience
  • Cancer, immunology, embryonic development, stem cells
  • Big data, machine vision, automation


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2014, Kavli Fellow – the National Academy of Sciences’ 26th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, Brazil
  • 2013, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2013, ACS Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award, Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society
  • 2013, Saville Lectureship, Princeton University
  • 2012, Kavli Fellow – the National Academy of Sciences’ 24th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium
  • 2012, Sigma Xi Best Paper Award
  • 2011, Van Ness Award Lectures, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 2010-2014, NIH Study Section member – Instrumentation and Systems Development
  • 2010, National Science Foundation CAREER award
  • 2009, Invitee to participate in the US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2009, Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award
  • 2009, Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Neuroscience (1 of 16 nation-wide)
  • 2008, Georgia Tech CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2007, DARPA Young Faculty Award (1 of 24 nation-wide)
  • 2006, DuPont Young Professor Award (1 of 12 nation-wide)
  • 2005, MIT Technology Review TR35 (top 35 technology innovators under age 35)
  • 2004-2007, NIH Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award
  • 2004, American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship (fellowship awarded but not accepted)
  • 1998-2001, National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • 1998, Holloway Fellowship, MIT
  • 1998, University Honor (Bronze Tablet), UIUC
  • 1998, Reynold Clayton Fuson Award, School of Chemical Sciences, UIUC
  • 1997, Hauser Scholarship for undergraduate research, UIUC
  • 1997, International Paper Foundation Scholarship
  • 1997, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honors Society
  • 1995-1998, Edmund J. James Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Faculty, School of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering
  • Principal Investigator, Lμ Fluidics Group


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
M.S.C.E.P. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998