Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Nottingham Trent University

Prior to joining NTU, Professor Lu was Director of the Centre for Urban Agriculture at the University of Nottingham. Professor Lu graduated with an MSc in Plant Science from Yangzhou University, China in 1992 and gained a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2000. Following postdoc positions at the University of Wales in Bangor and the University of Bristol, he took up a joint post as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at NTU/UoN in 2006. Professor Lu taught across 12 modules (e.g. Advanced Omics Technologies, Genetic Analysis & Bioinformatics, Genetic Crop Improvement, Transferable Skills) whilst working in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham. He joined NTU full time in 2016.

Professor Lu’s research interests fall into two main areas: Sustainable Agriculture and Functional-genomics. Professor Lu's main aim is to investigate resource use efficiency, in particular nutrients (e.g. N, P) and energy (LED light) use efficiency in both soil and soilless growing systems. His research also focuses on the use of post-genomic technologies (e.g. RNA Seq) to monitor gene expression profiles/ patterns and gene regulatory networks for understanding genetic control for crop improvement.

Current research interests include:
sustainable urban agriculture through innovative vertical farming
innovative energy saving and climate control systems for greenhouses
light-emitting diode (LED) lights to regulate plant growth and development
systematic functional analysis of nitrogen/phosphate use efficiency in crops
modelling the development of root hairs in rice and wheat
application of next-generation sequencing in crop improvement and animal
feed efficiency.


  • –present
    Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Nottingham Trent University