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Yin Lu, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yin Lu is a dedicated educator who has collaborated with other Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine founders to develop a case-based spiral curriculum for the School’s first students. Dr. Lu works within the Department of Biomedical Science, and her background and experience emphasize physiology of human organ systems, molecular biology, cellular biology, neuroanatomy, neurobiology, and biochemistry.

Education and Training

  • MD, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China
  • MS, University of Southern California
  • PhD, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Residency, Women’s Hospital School of Medicine, Zhejiang University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Medical Research Council of Canada and Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, University of Ottawa School of Medicine, Genetics Department


Selected Prior Positions

1984-1987 Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women’s Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine
1988-1990 Teaching Assistant
Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Southern California
1991-1996 Research Associate
Institute of Biological Science, National Research Council Canada
1996-1998 Research Associate
Department of Genetics, University of Ottawa School of Medicine
1998-2004 Instructor
Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
2004-2006 Instructor
Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
2006-2008 Scientist
Shire PLC


Selected Honors and Awards

1993-1994 Research Scholarship
University of Ottawa, Canada
1993-1996 Graduate Scholarship
Ontario, Canada
2003 Five Year Service Award
Children’s Hospital Boston
2005 Harvard Certificate on Leadership for Junior Faculty
Harvard University

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Lu Y, Chang HY, Li Y and Rosenberg PA. NMDA receptor-mediated extracellular adenosine accumulation in rat forebrain neurons in culture is associated with inhibition of adenosine kinase. European Journal of Neuroscience 2003;17:1213-1222.
  • Lu Y, Li Y, Ann Herin G, Aizenman E and Rosenberg PA. Elevation of intracellular cyclic AMP evokes activity dependent release of adenosine in cultured rat forebrain neurons. European Journal of Neuroscience 2004;19:2669-2681.
  • Le M, Lu Y*, Li Y, Greene RW, Epstein PM and Rosenberg PA. Extracellular adenosine accumulation evoked by zaprinast in pontine slices. (*Co-first author) Neuroscience Letter 2004;371:12-17.
  • Kalinchuck AV, Lu Y, Stenberg D, Rosenberg PA, and Porkka-Heiskanen T. Nitric oxide production in the basal forebrain is required for recovery sleep. Journal of Neurochemistry 2006;99:483-489.
  • Lu Y, and Rosenberg PA. NMDA receptor-mediated extracellular adenosine accumulation is blocked by phosphatases 1/2A inhibitors. Brain Research 2007;1155:116-24.