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.


Guidelines for the prevention and management of children and adolescents with COVID-19.

Liu E, Smyth RL, Li Q, Qaseem A, Florez ID, Mathew JL, Amer YS, Estill J, Lu Q, Fu Z, Lu X, Chan ES, Schwarze J, Wong GW, Fukuoka T, Ahn HS, Lee MS, Nurdiati D, Cao B, Tu W, Qian Y, Zhao S, Dong X, Luo X, Chen Z, Li G, Zhang X, Zhao X, Xu H, Xu F, Shi Y, Zhao R, Zhao Y, Lei J, Zheng X, Wang M, Yang S, Feng X, Wu L, He Z, Liu S, Wang Q, Song Y, Luo Z, Zhou Q, Guyatt G, Chen Y, Li Q.

Eur J Pediatr. 2022 Dec. 181(12):4019-4037. PMID: 36109390

Methodology and experiences of rapid advice guideline development for children with COVID-19: responding to the COVID-19 outbreak quickly and efficiently.

Zhou Q, Li Q, Estill J, Wang Q, Wang Z, Shi Q, Zhang J, Zhang X, Mathew JL, Smyth RL, Nurdiati D, Fu Z, Xu H, Zheng X, Zhao X, Lu Q, Liu H, Xun Y, Li W, Yang S, Feng X, Wang M, Lei J, Luo X, Wu L, Lu X, Lee MS, Zhao S, Chan ES, Qian Y, Tu W, Dong X, Li G, Zhao R, He Z, Zhao S, Liu X, Li Q, Yang K, Luo Z, Liu E, Chen Y.

BMC Med Res Methodol. 2022 04 03. 22(1):89. PMID: 35369859


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…

A versatile vessel for next-gen therapeutics

For immediate release: July 22, 2020 Cambridge, Mass.– Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health today announced the launch of Vesigen Therapeutics, a startup company that aims to overcome…