Research/Areas of Interest:
The focus of my research is on Lyme disease. My laboratory is interested in the pathogenesis of Lyme disease both from the perspective of how the bacteria adapt to its different host environments as well as how the host immune response recognizes the organism and is responsible for the pathology associated with the infection. As a physician scientist, my overall goals are to be able to improve prevention, treatment and diagnosis of human Lyme disease and to this end, we have been working on projects to develop vaccines and improved diagnostics for the presence of disease after antibiotic therapy.
Doctor of Medicine, Brown University, USA, 1990
Artium Baccalaureatus, Brown University, USA, 1987
Dr. Hu is currently Vice Chairman for Faculty Development in the Department of Medicine as well as Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious disease. In both of these roles, he has been responsible for mentoring post-doctoral fellows and young faculty in their research careers. In addition, he has served as either director or associate director of a T32 training grant for the last 10 years. As such, he is very familiar with the challenges faced by our young faculty and post-doctoral fellows and is well acquainted with the resources available to help them progress with their careers. Over the last four years, over 75% of the junior faculty members who have participated in programs he has developed for the Department have received NIH funding, including four R01s and multiple K awards.