Honour: Van Lu, PhD, recognized by Gairdner Foundation for early career excellence

Van Lu, PhD, has been selected for a Gairdner Foundation Early Career Investigator Award, in recognition of her exceptional achievement and future potential in research impacting human health.

An Assistant Professor in Physiology and Pharmacology, Lu was one of five Canadian researchers to receive the honour. Honourees for this award were chosen by the laureates of the 2021 Canada Gairdner International Award.

Lu was selected by Drs. Daniel J. Drucker, Joel Francis Habener and Jens Juul Holst, who, like Lu, were recognized by the Gairdner Foundation for their outstanding contributions to gastrointestinal (GI) research.

Her research works to better understand gut microbiota – the system of micro-organisms that exist in the human GI tract – and how they release hormonal signals to the brain to influence our eating habits.

Lu will present her research alongside other award recipients as part of the annual Gairdner Science Week Laureate Lectures on October 28.

As a recently appointed faculty member at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Lu will also be sharing her research at a New Faculty Lecture on December 10, open to all members of the School community.