Robert Lue

  • Harvard University

Robert Lue is a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Since 1988, Lue has taught undergraduate courses acclaimed for their innovative and interdisciplinary approach. In 2012, Lue’s extensive work on using technology to enhance learning took a new direction when he became the founding faculty director of HarvardX,Harvard’s university-wide online education initiative that includes the edX partnership with MIT. Lue now helps to shape Harvard’s engagement in online learning to reinforce its commitment to teaching excellence and expand its reach and impact globally. In 2017, he was awarded a grant from the Amgen Foundation to build LabXchange, an online platform for global science education that not only integrates the best of digital instruction and interactivity, but also connects students, teachers, and researchers for sharing and collaboration. In addition to his roles at Harvard, Lue co-chairs the Scientific Teaching Alliance of the National Academies and is faculty chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee of the edX Consortium of 120 leading universities from around the world, and serves on the Simons Foundation Science Sandbox Advisory Board. He has co-authored two biology text books and works extensively in the field of science visualization. “The Inner Life of the Cell,” the groundbreaking animation that Lue co-authored with Alain Viel, is the most widely viewed science visualization in history according to Google and Wired Magazine. Lue earned his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard.