Qun Lu

PhD, MS, BS, Professor, ECU, Cancer Cell Biology

Qun Lu

Cancer Cell Biology

CV or 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 

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