Dr. Lu-Yu Hwang
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences
- Infectious diseases/agents
- Perinatal health
- Bloodborne and sexually transmitted diseases
- Viral oncology
My research experience and interests primarily focus on blood-borne transmitted diseases (including perinatally and sexually transmitted diseases) especially hepatitis, HIV and STDs. Areas of research include: 1) epidemiology of chronic viral infection - determining the prevalence, incidence and risk factors for transmission and assessment of the risk for progression to chronic disease morbidity and mortality; 2) hepatitis B virus/liver cancer as a model to explore the etiology and prevention for other possible viral oncogenic diseases, e.g., hepatitis C virus/liver cancer HTLV/leukemia, HIV associated malignancy, HPV/genital cancer and EBV/nasopharyngeal cancer; 3) syphilis prevention research as a model for prevention and control of other STDs especially HIV. We are currently studying the immunogenetics of chronic persistence hepatitis C and B viral infection to identify the host genetic susceptibility to chronic viral persistence. We are also targeting the high risk drug users for HIV/HBV/HCV prevention intervention research, including the vaccine trials.
Lu-Yu. Hwang, Carolyn Z.Grimes Thanh Quoc Tran, April Clark, Rui Xia, Dijian Lai, Catherine Troisi, Mark Williams: "Accelerated Hepatitis B Vaccine Schedule Among Drug Users – A randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 202,1500-1509, 2010
Lu-Yu Hwang, Carolyn Z. Grimes, R. Palmer Beasley, Edward A. Graviss: Latent Tuberculosis Infections in Hard-to-Reach Drug Using Population – Detection, Prevention and Control, Proceeding of Texas Tuberculosis Researcher Symposium, Feb7, 2009 , Tuberculosis, 89 S1, S41-S45, 2009
Lu-Yu Hwang, Jennifer R. Kramer, Catherine Troisi, Lara Bull, Carolyn Z. Grimes, Rob Lyerla, and Miriam Alter: Relationship of cosmetic procedures and drug use to Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B virus infections in low risk population. Hepatology, 44:341-351, 2006
Eric E. Mast, Lu-Yu Hwang, Dexter S.Y. Seto, Frederick Nolte, Omana V. Nainan, Heather Wurtzel, and Miriam J. Alter: Risk factors for perinatal transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the natural history of HCV Infection acquired in infancy. Journal of Infectious Disease, 192 (11) 1880-9, 2005.
Manal M. Hassan, Lu-Yu Hwang*, Chiq J. Hatten, Mark Swaim, Donghui Li, James L. Abbruzzese, Palmer Beasley, and Yehuda Patt: Risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma: Synergism of alcohol with viral hepatitis and diabetes mellitus. Hepatology, 36:1206-1213, 2002.
Catherine D. Cooksley, Lu-Yu Hwang*, Charles E. Ford: Registry linkage to study cancer in persons infected with HIV. Journal of Registry Management, 28:82-88, 2001.
Lu-Yu Hwang, Michael Ross, Carolyn Zack, Lara Bull, Kathie Rickman, and Marsha Holleman: The prevalence of sexually transmissible infections and associated risk factors in drug abuse populations. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 31:920-6, 2000.
Office: RAS E-717
Title: Associate Professor
M.D. - National Taiwan University - 1975