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About Huo Lu

Dr. Lu earned a MD degree from the University of Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine and a MS in Physiology from the University of Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Lu attended graduate school at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and earned his PhD in Anatomy. In April 1994, he was recognized by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Class of 1997 for Excellence in Teaching. 

Dr. Lu then went to the California Institute of Technology to continue postdoctoral studies in cerebellar research using in vitro, in vivo and computational modeling methods. He received a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Service Award (NRSA) Training Grant. 

After moving to the Research Imaging Center, UTHSCSA, his research expanded to imaging studies using MRI techniques. He was also involved in teaching graduate and medical students to do basic science. He was then promoted to research assistant professor. He is now teaching Gross Anatomy, Histology and Neuroscience for the osteopathic medical students at GA-PCOM. He also teaches Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Biomedical Science Program. 

Dr. Lu has established a lab capable of doing both in vivo and in vitro studies of cerebellar function in GA campus. Meanwhile, he is conducting collaborative research as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Emory University using electrophysiological and optogenetic methods. This research was supported by CCDA and NIH grants. 

Dr. Lu is married. His hobby is playing badminton.


Present Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Emory University
Present Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Bio-Medical Sciences

Research Interests


2014 - 2015 Study Cerebellar Nuclei Output to Thalamus Using Autopatch Recording
2011 - 2013 Optogenetic investigation of olivary inputs to the deep cerebellar nuclei
NINDS - 1R21NS074296
Role: Co-Investigator
2010 - 2011 Optogenetic Study of Cerebellar Circuit
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Honors and Awards

  • Innovative Teacher of the Year, PCOM (2015)


1998 PhD, Pennsylvania State University ‐ College of Medicine
1989 MS, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology ‐ Qigong Institute
1986 MD, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Contact Information

P: 678-225-7469


Scholarly Articles (7)

Contributions to Books (2)

Grant Awards (3)

Conferences and Presentations (6)

Poster Presentations and Instructional Resources (4)