Jianqin Lu Joins UA College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Dr. Lu brings pharmaceutics expertise in cancer immunotherapy that will facilitate cancer drug discovery.

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has appointed Jianqin Lu, BPharm, PhD, as assistant professor in pharmaceutics/pharmacokinetics in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Dr. Lu’s research applies synthetic chemistry, nanoparticle engineering, and tumor immunology to develop efficacious nanotherapeutics to address the pressing unmet needs in current cancer therapy. His expertise in pharmaceutics, bioconjugation chemistry, nanomedicine and tumor immunology helps to develop transformative and clinically translatable nano-enabled immunotherapeutics for combatting cancers.

“Dr. Lu brings to the college much needed pharmaceutics expertise in cancer immunotherapy,” said Xinxin Ding, PhD, department head of pharmacology and toxicology. “His innovative research on the development of a nano-enabled platform for cancer immunotherapy will facilitate the overall cancer drug discovery and development efforts in the department and provide unique opportunities for our students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate and undergraduate programs to participate in cutting-edge research.”

Dr. Lu trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the California NanoSystems Institute, housed at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his training, he earned his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Hunan University of Chinese Medicine (China) in 2010, followed by his doctorate in pharmaceutics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.

Dr. Lu was the recipient of the Norman R. and Priscilla A. Farnsworth Award and the U.S. Health and Human Services Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award in Tumor Immunology among others. He has published 24 research articles, one book chapter, and has two patent applications. One patent has been licensed.

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