University of Washington School of Public Health

Graduate Student Profile


Yun Hsuan Lu

PhD student, Pathobiology
Hometown: Taiwan

PhD student Amy Lu is fascinated by the art of discovery – understanding the need and the problem, and probing beyond the obvious answers to find creative solutions.

In high school in Taiwan, she landed a coveted internship in a toxicology lab and investigated the links between ketamine use and bladder inflammation. As an undergrad in St. Louis, she studied how pathogens have adapted to outsmart the host immune system. Lu knew this was important work, but she wanted to explore the therapeutic potential of her results.

“To translate research results and apply them to helping people, I needed to better understand the global burden of infectious diseases,” she says. In the pathobiology program, she is learning to visualize the “big picture” of her research, while enhancing her skills in and out of the lab.

Also a recipient of the Kenny Endowed Fellowship, Lu says, “I am able to pursue my research passions knowing that there are individuals in the scientific world who recognize my potential to make a difference.”

George Kenny, a UW faculty member for more than 40 years, retired and was named professor emeritus in 2003. Kenny, known around the world for his extensive research on mycoplasmas, organisms that cause respiratory and genital infection, was a key faculty member in the School of Public Health from 1961 to 2003. He served as chair of the Department of Pathobiology for 20 years. Today, his legacy continues through the Kenny Pathobiology Endowed Fellowship, funding promising graduate students in the pathobiology program.

George and Mary Kenny make annual contributions to the School of Public Health through IRA charitable distributions. If you are over 70 ½ years of age, this is a great way to receive a tax break while supporting the School of Public Health. Please contact the office of planned giving,, to learn more.

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