Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award 2015 Winner

Professor Yi Lu
Professor Yi Lu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Awarded for his original research on the catalytic activity of DNA in the presence of metal ions, and the development of a new class of sensors for on-site and real-time detection of metal ions in environmental monitoring, food safety, and medical diagnostics



About the Winner

Dr. Yi Lu received his B.S. degree from Peking University in 1986, and Ph.D. degree from University of California at Los Angeles in 1992 under Professor Joan S. Valentine. After two years of postdoctoral research in Professor Harry B. Gray group at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Lu started his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1994. He is now Jay and Ann Schenck Professor of Chemistry in the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering. He is also a member of the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and Institute of Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 

For his contributions to science and education, Dr. Lu has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), Early Career Award, Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (2007), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor Award (2002), Camile Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1999), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1998), Research Corporation Cottrell Scholars Award (1997), and the Beckman Young Investigators Award (1996). Dr. Lu is also an inventor, with more than 20 US and international patents and an entrepreneur, as a co-founder of companies for environmental monitoring (ANDalyze) and medical diagnostics (GlucoSentient).

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Professor Lu's Enviromental Monitoring company

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Professor Lu's Medical Diagnostics company

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