Professor of Inflammation and Epigenetics, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Director, Center for Inflammation & Epigenetics
Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1992. After receiving his doctoral degree in Molecular Genetics, Dr. Wang expanded his field of expertise by training with Dr. James Mullins in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1994, Dr. Wang joined the Surgery Branch in the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland where he worked with Branch Chief, Dr. Steve Rosenberg, who is a pioneer of cancer immunotherapy. In 1996, Dr. Wang was promoted to Senior Principal Investigator.
During his tenure at the NCI, Dr. Wang made insightful discoveries on how immune cells recognize solid tumors through specific cancer antigens and published a landmark paper in Science onthe development of a novel genetic approach to identify cancer antigens recognized by CD4+ T cells. In 2000, Dr. Wang was appointed Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy and the Department of Pathology and Immunology. He was promoted to full Professor in 2004. His lab studies novel mechanisms in tumor immunity and tolerance, innate immune regulation, regulatory T cell biology, inflammation, and epigenetics. He moved his laboratory to Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2012, where he currently serves as the Director of the Center for Inflammation and Epigenetics and the Co-Director of the Metabolism and Diabetes Center.
In recognition of his academic achievements, Dr. Wang received the The Michael DeBakey Excellence in Research Award in 2006 and was bestowed with one of BCM’s highest honors; the Jack L. Titus Professorship in Pathology appointment in 2007. Throughout his career Dr. Wang has published over eighty peer-reviewed journal articles, two textbooks, has over fifteen patent applications, has received many grants from NIH, American Cancer Society, Cancer Research Institute and CPRIT, has successfully completed one clinical trial and serves in ten scientific publication review panels.
Dr. Wang has a long-standing interest in tumor immunotherapy and cancer vaccine development. In particular, he has been interested in tumor antigen discovery, cancer stem cells and innate immunity and functional control of regulatory T cells by Toll-like receptors. His team studies the role and mechanisms of Toll-like receptors, NOD-like receptors, negative regulators of innate immune signaling, inflammation, epigenetics and cancer immunotherapy.