Dr. Lyu is an instructor at the Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine. He obtained his PhD at Soochow University, China, where he gained training in designing biomaterials to modulate stem cell behaviors and led multidisciplinary research under the advice of Prof. Hong Chen. During his PhD, he worked as a visiting student researcher at Canary Center for Early Cancer Detection at Stanford University School of Medicine where he gained training in microfluidics and cancer metastasis. Dr. Lyu carried out his postdoctoral research under the guidance of Prof. Jon Park and Wonjae Lee at the Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine. He developed an in vitro microphysiological model of ischaemic stroke and used it as a platform to systematically evaluate the restorative potential of stem cell therapy.
As an instructor, Dr. Lyu's main research interest is to develop in vitro tissue/organ models to mimic human diseases including neurological diseases and cancer metastases. The goal is to use these models to evaluate the safety and efficacy of existing drugs and to look for new therapeutic targets.