Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Xu Luo, Ph.D.

April 23, 2013

Image with caption: UNMC researcher Xu Luo, Ph.D., will be honored April 30 as a Distinguished Scientist.

UNMC researcher Xu Luo, Ph.D., will be honored April 30 as a Distinguished Scientist.

NOTE: This profile is part of a series to highlight the 16 researchers who will be honored April 30 at a ceremony for UNMC's 2012 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Xu Luo, Ph.D.
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Joined UNMC: 2002
  • Hometown: Beijing, China

Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
We study how cells, especially cancer cells, die in response to different stress signals.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
We strive to gain knowledge on the mechanism of cell death so that we may be able to design approaches to prevent premature death of normal cells, and enhance or accelerate the death of cancer cells.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
My postdoctoral advisor told me that building a lasting building can only start with solid foundation.

List three things few people know about you.

  • Both my dad and I were track and field athletes at the same college, in different years though.
  • While my parents have good hands in what they do (both exceptionally skilled surgeons), I have a good backhand in pingpong.
  • I take my daughter to the movies regularly. I fall asleep, and she does not know it yet.

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