Xin Liu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
School of Medicine

Research Information

Research Interests

My lab is interested in understanding how the immune system responds to a variety of insults (e.g. bacteria, viruses, tumors) to control human diseases (e.g. infectious diseases and cancer). Increasing evidence has implicated that metabolism plays a crucial role in shaping immune cell phenotype and function. Our studies aim to investigate the interactions between metabolism and innate immune response in the settings of lung
infection and cancer.

In particular, our research focus includes the following:

  1. Decipher the essential metabolic pathways that regulate and support the functions of immune efforts,including but not limited to monocytes and macrophages;
  2. Identify the role of key host factors in driving metabolic reprogramming of immune cells;
  3. Investigate cell-cell communication between immune and non-immune cells at the interface of metabolism and immune cell function.

The vision of my lab is to discover how immunometabolism controls human disease so that we can manipulate immune and metabolic networks to achieve desired outcomes, ultimately improving treatment options for human disease, especially infectious diseases and cancer, which are still of great concern to us today.


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University of Pennsylvania
Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology