Xiaoya Julia Lu

PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

Julia received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Toronto, and M.S.E in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.  She has research in Dr. Traverso’s Lab at MIT in oral drug delivery, tumor tissue modeling, and anti-malarial drug discovery.  In Mao Lab, her thesis research focuses on nanoparticle-based protein delivery.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, and other outdoor activities. 


  • Abramson A, Frederiksen MR, Vegge A, Jensen B, Poulsen M, Mouridsen B, Jespersen MO, Kirk RK, Windum J, Hubálek F, Water JJ, Fels J, Gunnarsson SB, Bohr A, Straarup EM, Ley MWH, Lu X, Wainer J, Collins J, Tamang S, Ishida K, Hayward A, Herskind P, Buckley ST, Roxhed N, Langer R, Rahbek U, Traverso G. Oral delivery of systemic monoclonal antibodies, peptides and small molecules using gastric auto-injectors. Nat. Biotechnol. 2022 Jan; 40(1): 103–109. PMID: 34462588.
  • Caffarel-Salvador E, Kim S, Soares V, Tian RY, Stern SR, Minahan D, Yona R, Lu X, Zakaria FR, Collins J, Wainer J, Wong J, McManus R, Tamang S, McDonnell S, Ishida K, Hayward A, Liu X, Hubálek F, Fels J, Vegge A, Frederiksen MR, Rahbek U, Yoshitake T, Fujimoto J, Roxhed N, Langer R, Traverso G. A microneedle platform for buccal macromolecule delivery. Sci. Adv. 2021 Jan; 7(4): eabe2620. PMID: 33523951.
  • Abramson A, Caffarel-Salvador E, Soares V, Minahan D, Tian RY, Lu X, Dellal D, Gao Y, Kim S, Wainer J, Collins J, Tamang S, Hayward A, Yoshitake T, Lee HC, Fujimoto J, Fels J, Frederiksen MR, Rahbek U, Roxhed N, Langer R, Traverso G. A luminal unfolding microneedle injector for oral delivery of macromolecules. Nat. Med. 2019 Oct; 25(10): 1512–1518. PMID: 31591601.