2007-2013 - Ph.D., Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Thesis Advisor: Rafi Ahmed

2003-2007 - B.S. in Biotechnology, Dual B.S. in Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing, China

2021-present - Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

2019-2021 - Assistant professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

2013-2019 - Visiting fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

2008-2013 - Graduate research assistant, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2006-2007 - Undergraduate researcher, National Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Beijing, China

Research Interest

  • cancer immunotherapy
  • immunosenescence
  • T cell exhaustion
  • T cell stemness


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Facts and hopes for immunotherapy in renal cell carcinoma.
Yao C, Zhang T, Wu T, Brugarolas J, Clin Cancer Res 2022 Jul
IL-27 promotes the expansion of self-renewing CD8+ T cells in persistent viral infection.
Huang Z, Zak J, Pratumchai I, Shaabani N, Vartabedian VF, Nguyen N, Wu T, Xiao C, Teijaro JR, J Exp Med 2019 08 216 8 1791-1808
miR-155 harnesses Phf19 to potentiate cancer immunotherapy through epigenetic reprogramming of CD8+ T cell fate.
Ji Y, Fioravanti J, Zhu W, Wang H, Wu T, Hu J, Lacey NE, Gautam S, Le Gall JB, Yang X, Hocker JD, Escobar TM, He S, Dell'Orso S, Hawk NV, Kapoor V, Telford WG, Di Croce L, Muljo SA, Zhang Y, Sartorelli V, Gattinoni L, Nat Commun 2019 05 10 1 2157
mTOR promotes anti-viral humoral immunity by differentially regulating CD4 helper T cell and B cell responses.
Ye L, Lee J, Xu L, Mohammed AU, Li W, Hale JS, Tan WG, Wu T, Davis CW, Ahmed R, Araki K J. Virol. 2016 Dec
Type I interferon suppresses virus-specific B cell responses by modulating CD8+ T cell differentiation.
Moseman EA, Wu T, de la Torre JC, Schwartzberg PL, McGavern DB, Sci Immunol 2016 Oct 1 4

Honors & Awards

  • ASPIRE Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators (The American Association of Immunologists, AAI)
  • AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grant
  • AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty
  • V Scholar Award
  • The 19th Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology