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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 66
  1. Tang Q. Therapeutic window of interleukin-2 for autoimmune diseases. Diabetes. 2015 Jun; 64(6):1912-3. View in PubMed
  2. Bluestone JA, Tang Q. Immunotherapy: Making the case for precision medicine. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Mar 25; 7(280):280ed3. View in PubMed
  3. Mahne AE, Klementowicz JE, Chou A, Nguyen V, Tang Q. Therapeutic regulatory T cells subvert effector T cell function in inflamed islets to halt autoimmune diabetes. J Immunol. 2015 Apr 1; 194(7):3147-55. View in PubMed
  4. 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
  5. Tang Q, Kang SM. Interpretation of transplant biopsies and immune responses following Treg cell therapy. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2014 Dec; 19(6):616-20. View in PubMed
  6. Tang Q. Pharmacokinetics of therapeutic tregs. Am J Transplant. 2014 Dec; 14(12):2679-80. View in PubMed
  7. Lee RH, Roll G, Nguyen V, Willenbring H, Tang Q, Kang SM, Stock PG. Failure to achieve normal metabolic response in non-obese diabetic mice and streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice after transplantation of primary murine hepatocytes electroporated with the human proinsulin gene (p3MTChins). Transplant Proc. 2014 Jul-Aug; 46(6):2002-6. View in PubMed
  8. Wegorzewska M, Nijagal A, Wong CM, Le T, Lescano N, Tang Q, MacKenzie TC. Fetal intervention increases maternal T cell awareness of the foreign conceptus and can lead to immune-mediated fetal demise. J Immunol. 2014 Feb 15; 192(4):1938-45. View in PubMed
  9. Lee K, Nguyen V, Lee KM, Kang SM, Tang Q. Attenuation of donor-reactive T cells allows effective control of allograft rejection using regulatory T cell therapy. Am J Transplant. 2014 Jan; 14(1):27-38. View in PubMed
  10. Tang Q, Bluestone JA. Regulatory T-cell therapy in transplantation: moving to the clinic. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2013 Nov; 3(11). View in PubMed
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