During the tenure of UBC Wall Scholar, Dr. Lu will focus on the research of detection and regulation of food fraud in Vancouver and Canada. Food fraud is a collective term used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging. Food fraud is a big issue. The economic adulteration and counterfeiting of food products costs the industry between $10-15 billion per year. Dr. Lu aims to develop advanced devices for rapid and accurate detection of food fraud and work jointly with other Wall Scholars to develop strategies to combat food fraud, such as a further understanding of behavioral sciences and criminology that can be applied to deter food fraud and its perpetrators.
Xiaonan Lu is the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety at McGill University, where he has been teaching since September 2020.
Xiaonan Lu was born in Tianjin, received his B.Sc. (Food Science) from Ocean University of China in 2007 and Ph.D. (Food Science) from Washington State University in 2011. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University before he joined in UBC in January 2013, as the director of the UBC Food Safety Engineering Laboratory. He is the recipient of Young Scientist Excellence Award from International Union of Food Science and Technology (2015), the recipient of Young Scientist Travel Award from Agricultural & Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (2014), and currently the editorial board member of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Journal of Food Science, Food and Agricultural Immunology, etc. He is the author of over 65 papers published in top peer-reviewed journals as well as one book (Sensing Techniques for Food Safety and Quality Control, Royal Society of Chemistry) and several book chapters.