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Theresa Lu



Theresa Lu holds the St. Giles Chair for Research in the HSS Research Institute and is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Professor Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is also currently Co-Director of the Weill Cornell PhD Program in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis. Dr. Lu received her MD and PhD from Yale University, trained in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of California San Francisco. She completed her PhD training with Joseph Madri at Yale and her postdoc training with Jason Cyster at UCSF. She has received numerous awards, including the American College of Rheumatology Young Investigator Award, Weill Cornell Teaching and Mentoring Award, and induction into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Henry Kunkel Society for immune disease research. Dr. Lu's goals are to better understand and treat lupus and other autoimmune diseases and support the growth and development of the next generation of scientists.



  • 2023 Inaugural speaker, Lucille and Joseph Madri Lecture, Yale University
  • 2020 St. Giles Research Chair
  • 2015 Henry Kunkel Society for immune disease research, membership
  • 2014 Jean Davis Research Grant from the Alliance for Lupus Research
  • 2011 Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award, American College of Rheumatology
  • 2011 American Society for Clinical Investigation, membership
  • 2010 Weill Cornell Graduate School Dean’s Award for Teaching and Mentoring

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