We engineer novel gas-filled protein nanostructures to enable noninvasive imaging and remote control of cells for biomedical research and cell-based therapies.

You can learn more on the research page.

We are actively recruiting students and postdocs. See the join-us page.


Selected Publications

  • Acoustically modulated magnetic resonance imaging of gas-filled protein nanostructures. Nature Materials (2018) 17, 456-463.
  • Biomolecular Ultrasound and Sonogenetics. Annu. Rev. Chem. Biomol. Eng. (2018) 9, 229-252.
  • Biomolecular contrast agents for optical coherence tomography. ACS Nano (2020)
  • Preparation of biogenic gas vesicle nanostructures for use as contrast agents for ultrasound and MRI. Nature Protocols (2017) 12(10):2050-2080.

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News

Welcome Zongru Li to the lab

6/29/2020

Zongru Li starts his summer rotation as an incoming Bioengineering Graduate Student. Welcome to the lab, Zongru!

 

Welcome Mingming Cao to the lab

6/1/2020

Mingming Cao starts his summer rotation as an incoming Bioengineering Graduate Student. Welcome to the lab, Mingming!

 

George presented in the EBRC virtual seminar series

4/13/2020

George presented an Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) virtual seminar. The webinar was recorded and posted.

 

The Lu Lab started at Rice Bioengineering

1/1/2020

We will be located on the 6th floor of the BioScience Research Collaborative building. Previously, George Lu was recruited to Rice University through the Rice Synthetic Biology Initiative.

 

 

The Lu Lab received CPRIT award

8/26/2019

George received $ 2 million of the First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty support from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Read more on the Rice News.

 

George presented his research at the 2019 SEED conference

6/27/2019

George delivered an oral presentation on “Reporter Genes for Optical Coherence Tomography” at the 2019 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference in New York.

 

George received the Young Investigator Award from WMIS

10/19/2018

The World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) presented the Young Investigator Award of the year 2018 to George Lu for his research in combining MRI and ultrasound technologies. To learn more about the award, please see the news article.

 

 

George presented an invited talk at the 256th ACS National Meeting in Boston

8/22/2018

George presented his work on “Genetically encoded acousto-magnetic protein nanostructures for non-invasive imaging of cellular functions” at the 256th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Boston.

 

George received the NIH Pathway To Independence Award (K99)

7/25/2018

George received the NIH Pathway To Independence Award (K99) from NIBIB. The award provides the first-phase support of 1-2 years for mentored postdoctoral training (K99 phase) and the second-phase support up to 3 years for independent research (R00 phase).

 

Acoustically modulated MRI was published on Nature Materials and featured on the cover

2/26/2018

The article ‘Acoustically modulated magnetic resonance imaging of gas-filled protein nanostructures’ was published on Nature Materials and featured on the cover of the volume 17 issue 5. Learn more on the Caltech news article.