Dr. rer. nat. Han Lu

Homeostatic structural plasticity

Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology

Department of Neuroanatomy

Albertstraße 17
D - 79104 Freiburg

+49 761 203 8424




Since 2021Postdoctoral fellow – Department of Neuroanatomy, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
2018Summer internship – RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Tokyo, Japan
2017 – 2020Ph.D. and Dr. rer. nat. in Neuroscience (joint degree) – Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France & Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
2016 – 2017Research associate – Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Germany
2016Master thesis – Bernstein Center Freiburg & Biology Faculty, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
2014 – 2016MSc. in Neuroscience – Joint Master in Neuroscience, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
2014Bachelor thesis – Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
2010 – 2014BSc. in Psychology – Psychology School, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China


2018Travel grant (6th Inter-Academy Symposium between the Leopoldina and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities), Berlin, Germany
2018Travel grant (Riken summer school), Tokyo, Japan
2017Co-organizer of BrainDisC PhD conference, Freiburg, Germany
2017Travel grant (Bernstein Conference), Göttingen, Germany
2016Scholarship at Alsace Province, France
2011 - 2014Academic scholar award for three years; Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Selected Publications

  • Lu H, Gallinaro JV, Normann C, Rotter S, & Yalcin I (2021). Time course of homeostatic structural plasticity in response to optogenetic stimulation in mouse anterior cingulate cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 5:bhab281. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhab281 [accepted, in press]
  • Lu H, Gallinaro JV, & Rotter S (2019) Network remodeling induced by transcranial brain stimulation: A computational model of tDCS-triggered cell assembly formation. Network Neuroscience, 3:924-943. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/netn_a_00097
  • Wang K, Lu H, Cheung EF, Neumann DL, Shum DH, & Chan RC (2016). “Female preponderance” of depression in non-clinical populations: a meta-analytic study. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1398. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01398
  • Lu H, Humo M & Yalcin I (2019) The molecular neurobiology of chronic pain–induced depression. Cell and tissue research. 377:21-43. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00441-019-03003-z [shared first authorship]