Huo Lu, PhD | PCOM Georgia Anatomy Faculty
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Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience

Dr. Lu earned a MD degree from the University of Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine and a MS in Physiology from the University of Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Lu attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and earned his PhD in Anatomy. In April 1994, he was recognized by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Class of 1997 for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Lu then went to the California Institute of Technology to continue his postdoctoral studies in cerebellar research using in vitro, in vivo and computational modeling methods. He received a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Service Award (NRSA) Training Grant.

After moving to the Research Imaging Center, UTHSCSA, his research expanded to imaging studies using MRI techniques. He was also involved in teaching graduate and medical students to do basic science. He was then promoted to research assistant professor. He now teaches gross anatomy, histology and neuroscience for the osteopathic medical students at PCOM Georgia. He also teaches experimental design and data analysis in biomedical science program.

Dr. Lu has established a lab capable of doing both in vivo and in vitro studies of cerebellar function at PCOM Georgia. He also conducts collaborative research as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Biology at Emory University using electrophysiological and optogenetic methods. This research was supported by CCDA and NIH grants.

Dr. Lu is married. His hobby is playing badminton.


PhD, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey PA, 1998

MS, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Shanghai Qigong Institute, 1989

MD, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1986


Fellowship for visiting scholar, Ministry of Education in China (2000-2001)

NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Service Award (NRSA) Training Grant (1999-2002)

Pilot research for “Optogenetic Study of Cerebellar Circuit”, PCOM CCDA (2010-2011)

NINDS Award for the research “Optogenetic investigation of olivary inputs to the deep cerebellar nuclei” (R21, 1R21NS074296), Co-Investigator, (2011-2013)

Pilot research for "Study Cerebellar Nuclei Output to Thalamus Using Autopatch Recording", PCOM CCDA (2014-2015)