Principal Investigator

Yu Lu, PhD

Yu Lu received both BSc and MSc degrees after working in Prof. Pengyuan Yang's laboratory in the Department of Chemistry at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He got his PhD degree in analytical chemistry at University of Washington after training in Dr. Ruedi Aebersold's laboratory at Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, WA. He then completed his postdoctoral training jointly in the laboratories of Dr. Jarrod Marto (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and Dr. Chance John Luckey (Brigham and Women's Hospital) at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. He also worked as the Proteomics Group Leader at Moderna Therapeutics, an exciting biotechnology firm in Cambridge, MA.

In January 2016, Yu and his family moved to Hamilton, Ontario after accepting an offer from McMaster University. He hopes to establish a research program that focuses on understanding the RNA-protein interactions in human cells, with the help of so many wonderful trainees he was able to recruit. Besides, as an amateur photographer, Yu also looks forward to visiting all of the beautiful waterfalls in the surrounding Niagara Escarpment.

Current Lab Members

Lina Liu, PhD student

Lina received her MSc degree from the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is working on understanding the role of RBM17 in cancer stem cell functions.

Sansi Xing, PhD student

Sansi received her MSc degree from the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is working on identification of proteins that mediate Tau regulations in human cortical neurons.

Piyanka Sivarajah, MSc student

Piyanka received her BSc degree at McMaster University. She is currently developing a new proteomic method to identify proteins that specifically interact with target RNA molecules in human cells.

Ruilin Wu, Master of BDC student

Ruilin received his BHSc degree from the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program at McMaster University. He is currently developing sample preparation methods that will enable comprehensive proteomic investigation in as few as 100-1000 human cells.

Jane Wang, Undergrad student

Jane is a 5th year Co-Op student from the Biochemistry program at McMaster University. She completed her 4th year research thesis in the Lu Lab and is currently working as a co-op student to develop biochemical method to enrich for specific target RNA in human cells.

Rui-Xuan Michelle Yu, Undergrad student

Michelle is in her 4th year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours program at McMaster University. Since her 3rd year, she has been doing thesis research in the Lu Lab. She is currently working on a project to understand the role of RBM17 in cancer.

Paige Darville-O'Quinn, Undergrad student

Paige is a 4th year BSc student in the Integrated Sciences program at McMaster University. For her 4th year thesis project at the Lu Lab, she is developing a proteomic method to isolate specific target RNA in human cells.

Lab Alumni

2017 Tony Shi, Undergrad volunteer (currently at University of Toronto)