Chungui Lu is a Professor of Sustainable Agriculture in the School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). He joined NTU in March 2016. Chungui is a biologist by training, having graduated with an MSc in plant science from Yangzhou University and then a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Nottingham (UoN) in 2000. He held postdoc positions at the University of Bangor and the University of Bristol before becoming a joint lecturer at NTU and UoN. Prior to joining NTU, Chungui was a Senior Lecturer at UoN and a Director of the Centre for Urban Agriculture at UoN.
He leads Sustainable Agriculture Research Group at NTU. His research focuses on vertical farming and sustainable food (enhanced nutritional value in crops using different LED light spectra and nutrients), whilst optimising crop performance. His research also focuses on understanding genetic control for crop improvement by post-genomic technologies. He successfully manages a research portfolio of £5.7 million worth of research grants funded by Innovate UK, BBSRC, STFC and GCRF.
His research has extended internationally through joint research projects with partners in Asia countries, such as UK-China: Precision for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity. He has been awarded a Champion for Asia (Sustainable Production) from UKRI Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network+.