Zhi LU

Zhi LU


Tsinghua University

School of Life Sciences

Principal Investigator


Education and Work Experience

2003           B.S., University of Science and Technology of China

2008           Ph.D., University of Rochester

2008-2011      Postdoc , Yale University

2011-Present    Principal Investigator, Tsinghua University


Research Interests

  • Identification of epigenetics code and noncoding markers in cancer
  • Prediction and characterization of novel noncoding RNAs in model genomes
  • Structure prediction and functional study of protein-RNA interactions
  • Development of cloud computing algorithms and databases for biological and medical data
  • New Century Excellent Talents (2011, Ministry of Education of China)
  • Junior Faculty Award (2011, Tsinghua University)
  • Bayer Investigator Fellowship (2011, Bayer-Tsinghua Joint Research Center)
  • Wallace O. Fenn Award (2009, School of Medicine and Dentistry, U. of Rochester)
  • George V. Metzger Award (2009, Program in Biophysics, Univ. of Rochester)
  • Award for Excellent Student (2001, Top 10% students, Univ. of Sci. & Tech. of China)




Selected Publication

Hu L, Di C, Kai MX, Yang YC, Li Y, Qiu YJ, Hu XH, Yip KY, Zhang MQ, Lu ZJ. A common set of distinct features that characterize noncoding RNAs across multiple species.Nucleic Acids Research. 2015, 43: 104-114.

Yang YC, Di C, Hu BQ, Zhou MF, Liu YF, Song NX, Li Y, Umetsu J, Lu ZJ. CLIPdb: a CLIP-seq database for protein-RNA interactions. BMC Genomics. 2015, 16:51. (*contributed equally)

Di C, Yuan JP, Wu Y, Li JR, Lin HX, Hu L, Zhang T, Qi YJ, Gerstein MB, Guo Y, Lu ZJ. Characterization of Stress-responsive lncRNAs in Arabidopsis thaliana by Integrating Expression, Epigenetic and Structural Features. The Plant Journal. 2014, 80:848–861.

Gerstein MB, Rozowsky J, Yan KK,  …,  Lu ZJ,  …, Gingeras T, Waterston R Comparative Analysis of the Transcriptome across Distant Species. Nature. 2014, 512:445-448.

Lu ZJ, Yip KY, Wang G, Shou C, Hillier LW, et al. Predicting and characterizing non-coding RNA in C. elegans by integrating conservation, secondary structure and high-throughput sequencing and array data. Genome Research. 2011, 21: 276-2857. (*contributed equally) [modENCODE special issue – Cover Story]



Tsinghua University, School of Life Sciences


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