The Lu group's interests lie at the interface between chemistry and biology. We are developing innovative chemical approaches to provide deeper insight into biological structures and functions. We are also taking advantage of recently developed biological tools to advance many areas in chemistry, such as inorganic chemistry, chemical biology, analytial chemistry, and materials chemistry. We strive to make significant contributions in three principal areas of research:
- Biosynthetic Inorganic Chemistry Synthesis and study of structural and functional mimics of metalloenzymes and their applications as biocatalysts in renewable energy generation and small-molecule activation and transformation.
- Metallo-DNAzymes In vitro selection of catalytic DNA molecules and development of highly sensitive and selective sensors and imaging agents for metal ions and small-molecule targets with applications in environmental monitoring, food safety, and medical imaging and diagnostics.
- Functional DNA Nanotechnology: Using DNA for encoded synthesis and directed assembly of nanomaterials and their applications as theranostic agents for early detection and treatment of toxic chemicals and diseases such as cancers.
On May 14, seven recently graduated PhDs from the Lu groupattended the 2016 Commencement.