Jun Wu obtained his bachelor degree in Clinical Medicine from Shandong University School of Medicine, China. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Life Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, focusing on centrosome cycle regulation. Dr. Wu received his postdoctoral training at University of Southern California with Dr. Martin Pera and the Salk Institute with Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte. His postdoctoral work focused on stem cell biology and genome editing. In January 2018, Dr. Wu joined UT Southwestern as an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology.

Dr. Wu’s work has contributed to the generation of new stem cells for basic and translational studies, and developing novel and efficient genome and epigenome editing tools. He expanded the spectrum of pluripotent states by capturing several new types of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) with distinct molecular and phenotypic features, and helped establish a 3D culture system that supports long-term expansion of nephron progenitor cells.

Recently, he has generated PSC-derived interspecies chimeras and developed an efficient and versatile interspecies blastocyst complementation system for targeted organ-enrichment of xenogeneic donor PSCs. His group is particularly interested in harnessing interspecies chimeras for studying developmental biology in an evolutionary context, body- and organ-size determination, species’ specific behavioral traits, cancer resistance, and molecular basis of species barriers. 

Research Interest

  • Genome and Epigenome Editing
  • Interspecies Chimeras and Organogenesis
  • Mammalian Synthetic Biology
  • Species Preservation
  • Stem Cells and Pluripotency


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

In vivo reprogramming of wound-resident cells generates skin epithelial tissue.
Kurita M, Araoka T, Hishida T, O'Keefe DD, Takahashi Y, Sakamoto A, Sakurai M, Suzuki K, Wu J, Yamamoto M, Hernandez-Benitez R, Ocampo A, Reddy P, Shokhirev MN, Magistretti P, Núñez Delicado E, Eto H, Harii K, Izpisua Belmonte JC Nature 2018 Sep 561 7722 243-247
Ma et al. reply.
Ma H, Marti-Gutierrez N, Park SW, Wu J, Hayama T, Darby H, Van Dyken C, Li Y, Koski A, Liang D, Suzuki K, Gu Y, Gong J, Xu X, Ahmed R, Lee Y, Kang E, Ji D, Park AR, Kim D, Kim ST, Heitner SB, Battaglia D, Krieg SA, Lee DM, Wu DH, Wolf DP, Amato P, Kaul S, Belmonte JCI, Kim JS, Mitalipov S Nature 2018 Aug 560 7717 E10-E23
First stem cell transplantation to regenerate human lung.
Wang S, Wu J, Liu GH Protein Cell 2018 Jan
CRISPR-Cas9 mediated one-step disabling of pancreatogenesis in pigs.
Wu J, Vilarino M, Suzuki K, Okamura D, Bogliotti YS, Park I, Rowe J, McNabb B, Ross PJ, Belmonte JCI Sci Rep 2017 Sep 7 1 10487

Honors & Awards

  • Virginia Murchison Linthicum Scholar in Medical Research
    The Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science provides generous financial support over four years to newly appointed tenure-track assistant professors at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (2018)
  • CPRIT Scholar: First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members Program
    The First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members program recruits emerging investigators pursuing their first faculty appointment who have the ability to make outstanding contributions to the field of cancer research. (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Training Fellowship , California Institute for Regenerative Medicine