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Yuan LUO

Yuan Luo
Title: Program Director
Office(s): Division of Neuroscience (DN)
Phone Number: 301-496-9350
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Dr. Yuan Luo joined NIA Division of Neuroscience (DN) as a Program Director in 2017. As part of the NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADC) Program team, she manages components of NIA funding related to the Centers.  In addition to working with the ADCs program, Dr. Luo oversees the Division’s technology portfolio. Before coming to NIA, Dr. Luo was a Scientific Review Officer at Center for Scientific Review managing the Drug Discovery for Aging, Neuropsychiatric and Neurologic Disorders study section, and a member of multiple trans-NIH committees.

Dr. Luo received her Ph.D. degree in neuroscience from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where she studied role of protein kinase C in neuroplasticity, which was followed by two postdoctoral fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining NIH in 2010, Dr. Luo spent more than 10 years as a NIH-funded principal investigator and an Associate Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi and University of Maryland. Her laboratory research interest was on neuroprotection in relation to aging and Alzheimer’s disease using C. elegans and mouse models. She supervised more than a dozen Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows and author/co-authored over 50 research articles and book chapters.

Research Interests/Portfolio

Technology for MCI, AD, and other dementias of aging, i.e., research into the use of hardware systems and mobile sensors and apps to capture data on individuals’ physical and cognitive functions.