Quan Lu
Primary Faculty

Quan Lu

Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology

Environmental Health


Other Positions

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Molecular Metabolism

Molecular Metabolism

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


My laboratory studies molecular mechanisms underlying complex gene-environment interactions in multigenic human diseases such as asthma and neurodegeneration, focusing in part on the emerging role of extracellular vesicles in disease pathogenesis, prevention, and therapeutics. Research in my laboratory is supported by multiple NIH R01 grants and a Program Project grant as well as gifts from private companies and foundations. Here are some examples of our recent work.



Mechanism behind obesity-related asthma identified

Ronald Panganiban, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discusses a recent paper he co-authored with Quan Lu, Cecil K and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, and other…

When cells reach their breaking point

For cells, effectively managing stress can be the difference between life and death. But why some cells master the art of stress management while others succumb to the pressure isn’t well understood. June 25, 2019—Researchers led by Quan…