Professor Yi Lu received his B.S. degree from Peking University in 1986, and Ph.D 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’s group at the California Institute of Technology, Professor 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, and Bioengineering. He is also a member of the Centre for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology and the Carl R. Woese Institute of Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For his contributions to science and education,Professor Lu has received numerous awards, including the Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award (2015), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2015), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), Early Career Award from the 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), and Research Corporation Cottrell Scholars Award (1997). Research in his lab has resulted in more than 50 US and international patents as well as successful products in environmental monitoring (www.ANDalyze.com) and medical diagnostics.