Szu-Ching Lu


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am currently a Hawthorne Fellow in Autism Innovation, and my current projects aim to help with the early diagnosis and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from the perspective of human movement biomechanics.

I was trained as an occupational therapist before I received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan). During my PhD study, I was awarded funding for one-year training at Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA) where I advanced my research in the biomechanics of trigger finger. After receiving my PhD degree, I did research at Cleveland Clinic (Ohio, USA) where I investigated the motor control of individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome. I moved to UK in 2015 to work on an ERC-funded project at the University of Kent where I led biomechanical experiments to help understand the evolution of human hand. I joined the Laboratory for Innovation in Autism at the University of Strathclyde in 2018 as a Research Associate, and then I was awarded the Hawthorne Fellowship in 2019. 

I am interested in exploring human movement biomechanics and its applications to improve health and wellbeing, and to answer unresolved research questions in a broader context. I have been working on interdisciplinary projects across fields, including rehabilitation, biomechanics, anthropology, and autism research. 

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Expertise & Capabilities

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • BSc in Occupational Therapy, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Certified Occupational Therapist, Taiwan

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Global Representative, Early Career Committee (ECC), International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

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  • Biomechanics
  • Hand function
  • Motion Analysis


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