Zhong-Lin Lu is NYU Shanghai’s Chief Scientist and Associate Provost for Sciences. He also leads the NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science at NYU Shanghai. As Chief Scientist, he sets NYU Shanghai’s strategic vision for fostering scientific research and transforming into a world-class research university.
Lu joined NYU Shanghai in 2019 from Ohio State University, where he was the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Professor of Psychology, Optometry, and Translational Data Analytics, and Director of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging.
Lu has enjoyed a versatile career -- from making ground-breaking scientific discoveries to developing technological and analytical tools to solve real world problems. He has published more than 300 scientific papers (including landmark papers in Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, PNAS) and co-authored two books, edited 12 book volumes and received 12 patents. As an entrepreneur, he is a co-founder of Adaptive Sensory Technology, Inc., a company that is devoted to transforming eye care with precision measurement.
Lu is also a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the Association for Psychological Science. When he was appointed fellow in 2003, he was the youngest member ever in the society’s century-long history. A physicist by training, Lu obtained a B.S. in theoretical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989, and through the China-U.S. Physics Examination and Application (CUSPEA) program, earned his Ph.D. in physics at New York University in 1992.