Qiang Lu, Ph.D. Research

Understanding the mechanisms that control self-renewal and differentiation of neural progenitor/stem cells
Dr. Lu’s research is aimed at understanding how neural progenitor cells control the balance between proliferation and differentiation in the developing and adult brains. His laboratory is studying the mechanisms that regulate symmetric vs. asymmetric cell division in the embryonic cerebral cortex, as well as the epigenetic mechanisms that specify neural progenitor cell state.
Dr. Lu is examining how defect in the regulation of asymmetric cell division may contribute to tumorigenesis.