Dr. Yahuan Lou, PhD is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. In addition to his primary appointment, Dr. Lou holds adjunct positions in the Nephrology Division at Baylor College of Medicine and in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is a member of the Immunology and Reproductive Biology program in The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. Dr. Lou received a PhD in biology from Hokkaido University in 1990. He completed his first postdoctoral training in molecular biology at the National Institute for Basic Science in Japan. After he completed a second postdoctoral fellowship studying autoimmune disease at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Lou became an assistant professor at the University of Virginia Medical School in 1992.
Dr. Lou joined the faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2000 as an associate professor. Dr. Lou has been an active immunologist and served as the principle investigator of many research grants. His research has been funded by the NIH for over 13 years. His research group focuses primarily on autoimmunity and the immune system’s role in reproduction using animal models. He has published more than 70 research papers, review articles, and book chapters. The significance and excellence of his group’s research are well reflected by special commentaries, introductions, and cover stories in prestigious journals.
Recently, Dr. Lou’s research interests also include more clinically relevant topics, such as human autoimmune diseases and inflammatory diseases in the oral cavity. Dr. Lou serves as a regular reviewer for journals and grant applications. In addition, Dr. Lou is an active teacher. He serves as the course director for Microbiology/Immunology and as a lecturer for general pathology and advanced basic sciences to dental students, residents, and graduate students. As a veteran educator, he is currently on the Test Construction Committee for the National Dental Board Exam.