Academic Rank:
Professor, uBC
Research Centre: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI)
Short Bio:

Dr. Luo’s main research interests lie in the study of understanding the mechanisms leading to the pathogenesis of viral myocarditis. The focus of Dr. Luo’s research program is to define the pathogenetic determinants of virus-host interactions in enterovirus-induced heart disease. The ongoing research projects include: 1) Protein degradation pathways, including the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway and the autophagy, in virus-induced myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy; and 2) The molecular mechanisms of impaired cardiac function in viral myocarditis. Dr. Luo has published 82 refereed papers and 7 book chapters. Most of these publications have been appeared in leading journals, including Circulation, Journal of Virology, Cell Death and Differentiation, Cell Host and Microbe, Diabetes, Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Journal of Pathology, and Circulation Research.

Dr. Luo was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research/St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Dr. Luo was awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation New Opportunities grant in acquiring cutting-edge infrastructure. Her work on the roles of protein degradation system and host signaling in virus-mediated myocarditis were supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Hospital for Sick Kids Foundation.

Academic background

  • MD, Chongqing Medical University, China, Medicine. 1986
  • MS, West China University of Medical Sciences, China, Hemodynamics. 1989

Research Interest

  • Antivirals
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cell Signaling
  • Heart Failure
  • Protein Quality Control
  • Viral Infections

Teaching Interest

I consider teaching to be a challenging, also rewarding, and life-long learning experience. Teaching is a very unique way of interacting with people. It is a performance to aid students in understanding and forming their thoughts on specific topics. I strongly believe that teaching is a process that not only imparts information onto the students, but also and more importantly, motivates them in scientific thinking and stimulates and cultivates their interests in exploring the unknown. My overall teaching goal is to create challenging courses to disseminate knowledge, to stimulate the students’ curiosity and to help them develop their critical thinking skills. In general, my teaching includes three major steps: (1) gathering the newest scientific information in a specific area and analyzing the information together with students; (2) guiding students in developing critical and scientific thinking skills; and (3) leading them to develop new ideas for further exploration.