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Qun  Lu

Qun Lu

  • PhD, MS, BS
  • Cancer Cell Biology

  • Professor
  • ECU
  • luq@ecu.edu
  • 2527442844
  • www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/anatomy/faculty/lu.cfm
  • Link to CV or NIH biosketch

Area of Interest

The long term research interests of my laboratory are reflected in a molecular cancer medicine program that consists of three research areas: (1). molecular mechanisms of epithelial cancer progression, currently focusing on the roles of cell junction proteins (cadherins/catenins/Rho GTPases) in prostate cancer cell growth, survival, and genetic instability; (2). development of non-invasive cancer diagnostics for early detection and prediction of treatment outcomes. We are conducting several clinical tests for a patented novel prostate cancer molecular diagnostic; and (3). mechanisms of anti-cancer drug induced neurotoxicity and the identification of novel neuroprotection signaling pathways involving Rho family small GTPases.

Awards and Honors

  • 2000-2003 Recipient of Faculty Research Award from The Brody School of Medicine 
  • 2005 Recipient of Helms Award for Outstanding Research, Sigma X Scientific Society 
  • 2005, 2010, 2013 Recipient of William E. Laupus Library Faculty Author Recognition Award 
  • 2006 William R. Valentine, Jr. Memorial Graduate Student Award to Shiloh B. Jones for Outstanding Graduate Research (Mentor) 
  • 2008- Advisory Board, The Harriet and John Wooten Foundation for Alzheimer's disease Research 
  • 2009 Five-Year Achievement in Excellence in Research/Creative Award, East Carolina University 
  • 2009 Inaugural Inventor Award, East Carolina University 
  • 2009, 2010 Honorable guest, The First and Second Capital International Cancer Conference, Beijing, China 
  • 2009- UNC Tomorrow Technology Initiative Implementation Team (Faculty entrepreneurs/research leaders) 
  • 2009- Co-founder and Director, The Harriet and John Wooten Laboratory for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research