Research Assistant Professor


2017 Hong Kong Baptist University Doctor of Philosophy

2010 Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine Master of Medicine

2007 Henan University Bachelor of Science


Work Experience

2018-Until Now    Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) Research assistant professor

2010-2013  Beijing Genomics Institute  Laboratory Director / Leader of Metabolomics Group


Research Areas

My research interests focus on Mass spectrometry, High-throughput technology in clinical metabolomics and proteomics. We developed several analytical techniques for metabolomics and “statTarget”software for data quality controls. For the first time, our research described the trajectories of the metabolite profiles during time course of human pregnancy, and established a metabolite panel for Parkinson disease diagnosis, and found biopyrrin as a sensitive marker for oxidative stress indicator of early stage Parkinson disease.



Peacock Program for Overseas High-Level Talents in Shenzhen 2018

HKBU - Prof. Jerry W. Barrett Scholarship 2015/16

The Hong Kong Society of Mass Spectrometry (HKSMS) Awards 2015



(ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3807-2363)


  1. Luan H.; Ji F.; Chen Y.; Cai Z., statTarget: A streamlined tool for signal drift correction and interpretations of quantitative mass spectrometry-based omics data. Analytica Chimica Acta 2018, DIO: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2018.08.002
  2. Luan H.; Ji F.; Chen Y.; Cai Z., Quality control-based signal drift correction and interpretations of metabolomics/proteomics data using random forest regression. bioRxiv. 2018, 253583 DIO: https://doi.org/10.1101/253583
  3. Luan, H.; Xian Wang; Zongwei Cai, Mass spectrometry-based metabolomics: Targeting the crosstalk between gut microbiota and brain in neurodegenerative disorders. Mass Spectrometry Reviews 2017, DIO: 10.1002/mas.21553
  4. Luan, H.; Meng, N.; Liu, P.; Fu, J.; Chen, X.; Rao, W.; Jiang, H.; Xu, X.; Cai, Z.; Wang, J., Non-targeted metabolomics and lipidomics LC-MS data from maternal plasma of 180 healthy pregnant women. Gigascience 2015, 4, 16.
  5. Luan, H.; Liu, L.; Tang, Z.; Zhang, M.; Chua, K.; Song, J.; Mok, V.; Li, M.; Cai, Z.,Comprehensive urinary metabolomic profiling and identification of potential noninvasive marker for idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Rep. 2015, 5, 13888.
  6. Luan, H.; Meng, N.; Liu, P.; Feng, Q.; Lin, S.; Fu, J.; Davidson, R.; Chen, X.; Rao, W.; Chen, F.; Jiang, H.; Xu, X.; Cai, Z.; Wang, J., Pregnancy-induced metabolic phenotype variations in maternal plasma. J Proteome Res 2014, 13, (3), 1527-36.
  7. Luan, H.; Liu, L. F.; Meng, N.; Tang, Z.; Chua, K. K.; Chen, L. L.; Song, J. X.; Mok, V. C.; Xie, L. X.; Li, M.; Cai, Z., LC-MS-Based Urinary Metabolite Signatures in Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease. J Proteome Res 2014. 14(1):467-78.
  8. Luan, H.; Liu, L.; Tang, Z.; Mok, V.; Li, M.; Cai, Z., Elevated excretion of biopyrrin as a new marker for idiopathic Parkinson's disease, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 2015, DIO: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2015.09.009.
  9. Luan, H., Chen, L., Ji, F., Cai, Z., PCI-GC-MS-MS approach for identification of non-amino organic acid and amino acid profiles. Journal of Chromatography B 2016, DIO: doi:10.1016/j.jchromb.2016.06.034
  10. Luan, H.; Meng, N.; Fu, J.; Chen, X.; Xu, X.; Feng, Q.; Jiang, H.; Dai, J.; Yuan, X.; Lu, Y.; Roberts, A. A.; Luo, X.; Chen, M.; Xu, S.; Li, J.; Hamilton, C. J.; Fang, C.; Wang, J., Genome-wide transcriptome and antioxidant analyses on gamma-irradiated phases of deinococcus radiodurans R1. PLoS One 2014, 9, (1), e85649.
  11. Luan, H.; Chen, X.; Zhong, S.; Yuan, X.; Meng, N.; Zhang, J.; Fu, J.; Xu, R.; Lee, C.; Song, S.; Jiang, H.; Xu, X., Serum metabolomics reveals lipid metabolism variation between coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure: a pilot study. Biomarkers 2013, 18, (4), 314-21.
  12. Luan, H. M.; Wang, L. C.; Wu, H.; Jin, Y.; Ji, J., Antioxidant activities and antioxidative components in the surf clam, Mactra veneriformis. Nat Prod Res 2011, 25, (19), 1838-48.
  13. Li Xiang, Hongsong Zhang, Juntong Wei, Xiao Yu Tian, Hemi Luan, Shangfu Li, Hongzhi Zhao, Guodong Cao, Arthur C.K. Chung, Chunxue Yang, Yu Huang, Zongwei Cai,
  14. Metabolomics studies on db/db diabetic mice in skeletal muscle reveal effective clearance of overloaded intermediates by exercise, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2017, DIO: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2017.11.082
  15. F Ji, H Luan, Y Huang, Z Cai, M Li; MS-Based Metabolomics for the Investigation of Neuro-Metabolic Changes Associated with BDE-47 Exposure in C57BL/6 Mice. Journal of Analysis and Testing, 2017, 1(3): 233-244.
  16. Qin, C.; Yu, C.; Shen, Y.; Fang, X.; Chen, L.; Min, J.; …; Luan, H.; et. al, Whole-genome sequencing of cultivated and wild peppers provides insights into Capsicum domestication and specialization. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2014, 111, (14), 5135-40.
  17. Yang L., Li J., Lai J, Luan H., Cai Z., Wang Y., Zhao Y. and Wu Y., Placental transfer of perfluoroalkyl substances and associations with thyroid hormones: Beijing prenatal exposure study. Rep. 2016, 6, 21699.
  18. Wang, S., Chen, X., Luan, H., Gao, D., Lin, S., Cai, Z., Liu, J., Liu, H., and Jiang, Y. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging of cell cultures for the lipidomic analysis of potential lipid markers in human breast cancer invasion. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2016, 30: 533–42.