Xiaonan Lu

Food, Nutrition & Health 212

2205 East mall

Vancouver, V6T 1Z4

phone: 6048222551

Lab Address

Food, Nutrition & Health 260, 290

2205 East Mall


Washington State University, 2012, Postdoctoral Fellow
Washington State University, 2011, Ph.D.
Ocean University of China, 2007, B.S.

Research Areas

Group Members

Research Associate:

Dr. Lina Ma


Postdoctoral Fellow:

Dr. Azadeh Nilghaz

Dr. Jane Ru Choi


Graduate Student:

Jinsong Feng (Ph.D. candidate)

Shaolong Feng (Ph.D. candidate)

Mohammed Hakeem (Ph.D. candidate)

Lu Han (M.S. student)

Yaxi Hu (Ph.D. candidate)

Marti Hua (M.S. student)

Luyao Ma (Ph.D. student)

Evan Trofimchuk (M.S. student)

Anestis Tzanidis (M.S. student)

Kaidi Wang (M.S. student)


Undergraduate Student:

Sally Chen

Cindy Huang

Hebe Liu

Vivien Nie

Marlen Peterson

Kitty Seah

Joshua Sungkarto

Gianna Wang

Angeline Zhang


Suqi Wang (2013): FNH undergraduate student

Elaine Peh (2013): Visiting student, Food Science, National University of Singapore

Elfi Anggreani (2014): FNH undergraduate student. Current: graduate student at Food Science, Cornell University

Jenny Qi (2014): FNH undergraduate student

Stephanie Pan (2015): Visiting student, Food Science, National University of Singapore

Yaxi Hu (2015): M.S. Thesis: “Development of innovative biosensors for the determination of melamine in milk”

Hongwu Bai (2015): Visiting scholar, Institute of Food Safety, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Fang Gao (2015): Ph.D. Thesis: “Determination of small molecules in food matrices by molecularly imprinted polymers and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy”

Dr. Mohamed S. Draz (2016): Postdoctoral fellow

Wen Liao (2016): FNH undergraduate student

Candice Zheng (2016): FNH undergraduate student. Current: graduate student at Food Science, Cornell University

Amy Huang (2016): FNH undergraduate student

Jehan Campenon (2016): Visiting student, Engineering School of Agri-Food, Agrosup Dijon, France

Jiaqi Li (2016): M.S. Thesis: “The effects of meat juice on biofilm formation of Campylobacter and Salmonella”

Zihua Chen (2016): UBC Pharmaceutical Science undergraduate student

Jing Chen (2016): Visiting scholar, College of Marine Science, Huaihai Institute of Technology, China

Luyao Ma (2016): M.S. Thesis: “Biomimetic molecularly imprinted polymers: a new quorum sensing capturing agent to prevent bacterial biofilm formation”

Angel Chen (2016): FNH undergraduate student

Dr. Yiwei Tang (2016): Postdoctoral fellow. Current: Associate Professor at Food Science, Bohai University, China

Gracia Windiasti (2016): M.S. Thesis: “Investigating the synergistic antimicrobial effect of carvacrol and zinc oxide nanoparticles against Campylobacter jejuni”

Jingyi Feng (2017): M.S. Thesis: “Determination of thiabendazole in orange juice by a MIPs-SERS chemosensor”

Norris Huang (2017): FNH undergraduate student

Yi Chen Teh (2017): FNH undergraduate student

Marti Hua (2017): FNH undergraduate student. Current: Graduate student at Food Science, UBC

Bowen Zhao (2017): M.S. Thesis: “Molecularly imprinted polymers-based colorimetric-SERS dual biosensor for the detection of atrazine in apple juice”


Research Interests

The Lu’s Food Safety Engineering Lab at UBC works on developing innovative and rapid sensing, instrumentation systems and detection methods for ensuring food safety and preventing food bioterrorism. Students in the Lu lab employ their diverse backgrounds in engineering, analytical chemistry, molecular microbiology, biophysics and advanced mathematics to develop novel biophotonic, nano-biosensing and nano-optical imaging techniques and apply these to a variety of systems related to food chemical and microbiological (pathogenic bacteria and highly-contagious virus) safety.

We focus on both mechanism elucidation and knowledge translation to tackle research challenges in food safety and food industry.

Our current research is focused on six major directions:

(1) Developing nano-biosensor and nano-based single-molecule biophotonics coupled with various separation techniques to rapidly detect chemical and microbiological hazards in food systems;

(2) Campylobacter-associated food safety;

(3) Food microbiology, including detection and molecular characterization of foodborne pathogens, evaluation of intervention technologies to reduce pathogens in food systems, assessment of bacterial biofilms, and study of bacterial response due to environmental stresses;

(4) Characterization of emerging foodborne viruses, nanoscopic optical imaging for contagious virus tracking and virus-host cell interaction investigation;

(5) Development and application of advanced mathematical modelling to monitor and predict the prevalence of foodborne pathogens (bacteria and viruses) in agri-food systems;

(6) Detection of food fraud and adulteration; identification of food mislabelling.


FNH 302 Food Analysis
FNH 520 Advances in Food Analysis/Technology