Qingdao Medical School in China (MD), University of Western Ontario in Canada (PhD), Harvard-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (Fellowship)
Director, Immunobiology & Transplant Science Center and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Max and Lillie Frosch Centennial Chair in Transplant Research
My team studies the fundamental mechanisms of transplant tolerance as well as how inflammation and innate immunity trigger organ injury.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
A brief training in microsurgery and tissue replantation right after medical school got me interested in transplantation. While looking for places to refine my surgical skills, I was introduced to transplant immunology and fell in love with it ever since.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
I find immense gratification in addressing pressing clinical needs through fundamental research in the lab and enjoy working with brilliant people in the field.
How have you served AST?:
I served as a member of the AST Basic Science Advisory Council twice, as Co-Chair and Chair of AST Grants executive committee, Co-Chair of ATC Executive Joint Planning Committee, and chaired the ATC 2018 in Seattle.