Xiaonan Lu

Associate Professor

Research Classification

Sensors and Devices
Microbiology
Combinatorial Chemistry
Agriculture

Research Interests

Food safety
Food microbiology
Analytical Chemistry
Molecular microbiology
Nanotechnology
Advanced material
Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip"
Sensor
Gut microbiome
Food microbiome

Relevant Degree Programs

 

Research Methodology

Raman spectroscopy
Mass spectroscopy
Infrared spectroscopy
Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip"
Sequencing
Isothermal PCR
Immunoassay
RNA-seq
Paper-based device
Atomic force microscopy
Hyperspectral imaging
Liquid chromatography
Gas Chromatography
cell culture
Bacterial mutants
Quantum dot
Upconversion nanoparticle
Graphene
Carbon nanotube
DNA barcoding
Next-generation sequencing
Confocal microscope
Sequencing
MEMS

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Master's students
Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Any time / year round
2019
2020

Food safety
Food microbiology
Molecular microbiology
Nanotechnology
Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip"
Food authentication
Fabrication of nano-biosensor
Gut microbiome
Food microbiome

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).
I am interested in hiring Co-op students for research placements.

Great Supervisor Week Mentions

Each year graduate students are encouraged to give kudos to their supervisors through social media and our website as part of #GreatSupervisorWeek. Below are students who mentioned this supervisor since the initiative was started in 2017.

 

My supervisor is very considerate and always thinks for his students! He is very patient in listening to our ideas and struggles, and always provides the greatest supports to us! I'm very honored to be his student.

Yaxi Hu (2018)

 

 

Membership Status

Member of G+PS

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