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Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, UNSW Sydney

Lu's research interests include neurochemicals and receptors in regulation of gut function, the role of hemokinin in gut inflammation and interactions between prostaglandins and the human enteric nervous system.

More broadly, she is interested in Pharmacology, Gastrointestinal Diseases, Cell Biology and Gene Regulation and Neuroscience.


  • 2009–present
    Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology , School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales
  • 2006–2009
    Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
  • 1998–2006
    Senior Research Officer, Department of Pharmacology, UNSW


  • 1998 
    Monash University, PhD/Pharmacology
  • 1989 
    Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, , MSc/Pharmacology
  • 1984 
    Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, , BSc/Pharmacology


  • 2013
    Expression and localization of pannexin-1 hemichannels in human colon in health and disease, Neurogastroenterol Motil.
  • 2012
    Serotonin availability in rat colon is reduced during a Western diet model of obesity., Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol
  • 2012
    Acid and stretch, but not capsaicin, are effective stimuli for ATP release in the porcine bladder mucosa: Are ASIC and TRPV1 receptors involved?, Eur J Pharmacol
  • 2012
    Hemokinin-1 stimulates prostaglandin E₂ production in human colon through activation of cyclooxygenase-2 and inhibition of 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase., J Pharmacol Exp Ther
  • 2011
    Distinct differences in tachykinin gene expression in ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and diverticular disease: a role for hemokinin-1?, Neurogastroenterol Motil
  • 2011
    Endothelium-dependent vasodilation in human mesenteric artery is primarily mediated by myoendothelial gap junctions intermediate conductance calcium-activated K+ channel and nitric oxide., J Pharmacol Exp Ther
  • 2011
    A Western diet increases serotonin availability in rat small intestine., Endocrinology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    ATP release from gastrointestinal epithelium: A potential target for the treatment of slow transient constipation
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