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Professor Zhiliang Lu is a recipient of the Leading Sci-Edu Talents of the SIP Jinji Lake Double Hundred Talents. Following an undergraduate study in Pharmaceutical Sciences, he pursued an MSc in Pharmacology both at Zhejiang University. He then obtained his PhD degree in Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine in1990 where he started to work on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), major cell surface drug targets. Following his appointment to a Lecturer (1991-1992) and an Associate Professor (1992-1995) at the Department of Biological Sciences and Technology, Zhejiang University, he rapidly established his own research lab focusing on the structure-function relationships of GPCRs and their cell signalling. He is a supervisor of MRes and PhD students. His research was well funded by national grants such as National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Professor Lu was awarded a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship (1995-1997) at the Medical Research Council (MRC) National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR, now Francis Crick Institute). He was then awarded an MRC appointment as a Band 3 senior scientist (1997-2001), where he retained his research interest on GPCRs. Following his research success at NIMR, he was offered an MRC Programme Leader Track position (2001-2007) at MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit in the University of Edinburgh, and was then promoted to the Tenured Programme Leader in 2007. Professor Lu continues his research on neuropeptide GPCRs and cell signalling in neurons, reproduction and cancers funded by NSFC and XJTLU research development funds after he joined XJTLU in 2011. He is also interested in cell signaling control of mRNA methylation in pathophysiology. Professor Lu has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and book chapters. He is an honorary Professor and PhD supervisor of the University of Liverpool.

Research interests

Ligand-induced selective signalling of neuropeptide GPCRs in neurons and cancer.

Gene and cell control of mRNA methylation.

Development and application of the state-of-art NanoBRET technology in protein-protein interaction and high throughput drug screening.


Research Director of School of Science, XJTLU (2021-22)

Department of Biological Science, XJTLU, 2011-

Tenured Programme Leader, MRC HRSU, Edinburgh University, 2007 – 2011.

Programme Leader Track, MRC, HRSU, Edinburgh University, 2001 – 2007.

Senior Scientist, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, 1997 - 2001

Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship, MRC NIMR, 1995 – 1997.

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences and Technology, Zhejiang University, 1992-1995.

Lecturer, Biological Sciences and Technology, Zhejiang University, 1991 – 1992.


BIO301 Biology of Disease (Biochemistry of Disease and Cancer Biology, Year 4), 2011-present.

BIO208 Cell Signalling (Year 3), 2011-present.

BIO303 Final Year Project (Year4), Coordinator, 2011-2013 and 2014-2018.

BIO302 Biochemical Messengers (Year 4), 2011-2017.

BIO111 Key Skills for Life Scientists (Year 2), 2011-13.

Awards and honours

2011 Jinji Lake 200 Talent Programme, Suzhou Industrial Park

1994 Excellent Young Teacher, Zhejiang University

1993 Yilida Excellent Teacher, Zhejiang University

1993 Supervisor of PhD students, Zhejiang University

1992 Excellent paper, The Science and Technology Association of Zhejiang Province

1992 Award of Science Technology, Zhejiang University

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D (Medicine), Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, Medicine, 1990

M.Sc (Medicne), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, Pharmacology, 1987

B.Sc (Medicine), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, Pharmacy, 1984

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