P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Daniel Lu, 1999

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, UCLA

Daniel Lu is an immigrant from Taiwan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine and Neuroscience at University of California, San Diego

Dr. Daniel Lu is an associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the school's Neuroplasticity and Repair Laboratory Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UCLA. He is also a member of the Comprehensive Spine Center in Santa Monica.

Daniel was born in Taiwan. At the age of 10, he came with his family to the Los Angeles area.

In 1996 Daniel received his BA from Dartmouth College with distinction and with high honors in biochemistry and molecular biology. He earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and an MD from the University of California at San Diego in 2001 and 2003, respectively.

At Dartmouth College, Daniel organized conferences on AIDS, organized student outreach programs to assist families affected by AIDS, played first violin in the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and was assistant concertmaster of the Dartmouth Pro Musica. In 2000 he received a research scholar award from the Alzheimer's Association and presented his findings at the World Congress in Washington, DC.

Daniel completed a neurosurgery residency at University of California, San Francisco and rotated through pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Oakland Hospital. He is also first author on two publications, one in the Annals of Neurology and the other in the Journal of Neurochemistry.

Dr. Lu's clinical focus is on minimally invasive techniques in the surgical management of degenerative, traumatic, and neoplastic spinal disorders. His research efforts are focused on the molecular biology and regenerative treatment of traumatic spinal cord and brain injury.

  • MD Medicine, Neuroscience | University of California, San Diego 2003
  • BA Biochemistry, Molecular Biology | Dartmouth College 1996
  • H and H Lee Surgical Research Scholar Award 2012
  • Larson Research Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2012
  • Oppenheimer Program Seed Award 2012
  • Outcomes Research Award, AANS/CNS Joint Section of Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2010
  • Edwin Boldrey Award, San Francisco Neurological Society 2009
  • Synthes Craniofacial and Brain Trauma Research Award, AANS Section in Trauma 2009
  • Clinical Trial Proposal Award, AANS/CNS Joint Section of Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2008
  • Meyerson-Shoofey Spine Research Award 2008
  • UCSF Clinical Trials Research Funding Program 2008
Work History
  • UCLA, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
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