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Christopher Poirel

Christopher Poirel received the B.S. degree in mathematics (computer science minor) from the University of South Carolina Honors College, Columbia, and the Ph.D. in computer science at Virginia... Read More

Lucas Vu

Chemical Engineering
  • Program: Chemical Engineering
  • College: Engineering
  • Degree Received: Ph.D.
  • Year Recruited: 2011
  • Year Graduated: 2015
  • Advisor(s): Padma Rajagopalan, Richard Helm
  • Thesis Title: Investigation of Hepatocyte Proteomes using Three Dimensional Organotypic Liver Models


Lucas received his BSE in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2010. He went on to pursue a MS in Chemical Engineering at Arizona State University and completed it in 2011. His research interests lie in cell biology, tissue engineering, and therapeutics. His Ph.D research at Virginia Tech  investigated intercellular signaling pathways using in vitro liver cultures that incorporate up to three of the four main liver cell types in a three dimensional architecture similar to what is seen in vivo.  His goal was to use proteomics technologies to understand how these cells are communicating with each other. Lucas graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in Fall 2015.

Lucas used to be a break dancer and still dances on occasion.

Areas of Research

  • Engineered tissues
  • Proteomics