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Hang Lu, 28

Designing microfluidic chips to study cells

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hang Lu has a flair for adapting to new environments. At 16, she moved from China to Colorado, where she excelled academically. As a postdoc, she applied her expertise in building bioMEMs -- tiny devices that manipulate cells and microorganisms -- to devising innovative experiments in neurobiology. Lu has designed minute mazes to test how microscopic worms learn using smell, and she constructed microscale gas gradients to help identify the sensory pathways that the worms use to detect oxygen levels. Now an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Lu hopes her continued worm work will yield clues to the workings of the human brain.

2005 TR35 Winners

Thijn Brummelkamp

Silencing the genes that cause cancer

Martha Bulyk

Discovering how genes are regulated

Matthew DeLisa

Delivering more medicine from microbes

Kevin Eggan

Using cloning to study degenerative diseases

Paul Hergenrother

Discovering drugs that defy convention

Trey Ideker

Defining and advancing systems biology

Hang Lu

Designing microfluidic chips to study cells

Melissa Mahoney

Making materials to treat brain damage

Daniel Riskin

Developing devices for wound closure and early heart-attack intervention.

Shiladitya Sengupta

Delivering drugs to cancer cells

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