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Qizhi Tang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Director, Transplantation Research Laboratory

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(415) 476-1739
(415) 476-0789
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  • Peking Union Medical College, China, B.S., Medicine, 1984-89
  • University of South Alabama, M.S., Microbiology, 1989-91
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D., Immunology, 1991-96
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology, 1996-98
  • University Of Chicago, Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology, 1998-00
  • University of California, San Francisco, California, Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology, 2000-02
  • Autoimmunity
  • Immune Tolerance
  • Immunotherapy
  • Islets of Langerhans Transplantation
  • Suppressor-Effector
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets
  • T-Lymphocytes
  • Transplantation Immunology
  • Transplantation Tolerance

Dr. Tang received her bachelor's degree at Peking Union Medical College in China. She completed her graduate education in the US, getting her master's degree from the University of South Alabama and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed post doctoral fellowships at the University of Illinois at Chicago and under renowned immunologist Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Tang joined the staff at the University of California, San Francisco in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Pathology in the Diabetes Center where she focused on immune tolerance. She joined the transplantation department in 2007 to lead basic research on transplant immunology. She now focuses on regulatory T cell biology. She is one of the first to grow regulatory T cells and apply these cells in experimental therapy.

In addition to Dr. Tang's research duties, she has presented several national lectures. She has also published dozens of articles in the field of immunology.

Most recent publications from a total of 20
  1. Lindsay RS, Corbin K, Mahne A, Levitt BE, Gebert MJ, Wigton EJ, Bradley BJ, Haskins K, Jacobelli J, Tang Q, Krummel MF, Friedman RS. Antigen recognition in the islets changes with progression of autoimmune islet infiltration. J Immunol. 2015 Jan 15; 194(2):522-30. View in PubMed
  2. Brennan TV, Tang Q, Liu FC, Hoang V, Bi M, Bluestone JA, Kang SM. Requirements for prolongation of allograft survival with regulatory T cell infusion in lymphosufficient hosts. J Surg Res. 2011 Jul; 169(1):e69-75. View in PubMed
  3. Nijagal A, Wegorzewska M, Le T, Tang Q, Mackenzie TC. The maternal immune response inhibits the success of in utero hematopoietic cell transplantation. Chimerism. 2011 4; 2(2):55-57. View in PubMed
  4. Nijagal A, Wegorzewska M, Jarvis E, Le T, Tang Q, MacKenzie TC. Maternal T cells limit engraftment after in utero hematopoietic cell transplantation in mice. J Clin Invest. 2011 Feb; 121(2):582-92. View in PubMed
  5. Grinberg-Bleyer Y, Baeyens A, You S, Elhage R, Fourcade G, Gregoire S, Cagnard N, Carpentier W, Tang Q, Bluestone J, Chatenoud L, Klatzmann D, Salomon BL, Piaggio E. IL-2 reverses established type 1 diabetes in NOD mice by a local effect on pancreatic regulatory T cells. J Exp Med. 2010 Aug 30; 207(9):1871-8. View in PubMed
  6. Sherry NA, Chen W, Kushner JA, Glandt M, Tang Q, Tsai S, Santamaria P, Bluestone JA, Brillantes AM, Herold KC. Exendin-4 improves reversal of diabetes in NOD mice treated with anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody by enhancing recovery of beta-cells. Endocrinology. 2007 Nov; 148(11):5136-44. View in PubMed
  7. Guleria I, Gubbels Bupp M, Dada S, Fife B, Tang Q, Ansari MJ, Trikudanathan S, Vadivel N, Fiorina P, Yagita H, Azuma M, Atkinson M, Bluestone JA, Sayegh MH. Mechanisms of PDL1-mediated regulation of autoimmune diabetes. Clin Immunol. 2007 Oct; 125(1):16-25. View in PubMed
  8. Tang Q, Bluestone JA. Plasmacytoid DCs and T(reg) cells: casual acquaintance or monogamous relationship? Nat Immunol. 2006 Jun; 7(6):551-3. View in PubMed
  9. Allenspach EJ, Cullinan P, Tong J, Tang Q, Tesciuba AG, Cannon JL, Takahashi SM, Morgan R, Burkhardt JK, Sperling AI. ERM-dependent movement of CD43 defines a novel protein complex distal to the immunological synapse. Immunity. 2001 Nov; 15(5):739-50. View in PubMed
  10. O'Herrin SM, Slansky JE, Tang Q, Markiewicz MA, Gajewski TF, Pardoll DM, Schneck JP, Bluestone JA. Antigen-specific blockade of T cells in vivo using dimeric MHC peptide. J Immunol. 2001 Sep 1; 167(5):2555-60. View in PubMed
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