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lab Introduction

Lab Introduction

Welcome to the Lu lab at the Health Science Center, Texas A&M University. Our lab is a medicinal chemistry laboratory working in the interface of pharmaceutical sciences and organic chemistry. Our lab has abiding interests to develop molecular probes, preclinical and clinical candidates for some disorders that has longstanding unmet medical needs, which include pain, cancer, viral infections and neuroprotection. The therapeutic targets relevant to the current research in the Lu lab include the cannabinoid type1 (CB1) and type 2 (CB2) receptors, the Abelson tyrosine kinases (ABL1 & ABL2), the soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH), the pseudo kinase CaM kinase-like vesicle-associated (CAMKV) and microtubules. Our research has been supported by extramural fund from NIH, Intramural fund from Texas A&M and contractual fund from industry partners. Our lab is well equipped with reaction wares, chemical reagents, instruments and lab space. The lab is currently staffed with two senior chemists, one research associate, three graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.) and one lab assistant. Our team is proactively working on three drug discovery projects in pain and cancer drugs and exploring two new projects on COVID-19.