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Weiyi PengWeiyi Peng

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology and Biochemistry
Research Division:
Cell and Molecular Biology (Primary)

Office: Science & Engineering Research Center, 3025
Contact: wpeng2@central.uh.edu - 713-743-6941

Education: M.D., Tongji Medical University, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

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Dr. Weiyi Peng’s long-term research goal is to understand and overcome the immune resistance in cancer patients. Aligned with this goal, her primary research efforts focus on elucidating the interplay between cancer and the immune system, dissecting regulatory pathways controlling the rate-limiting steps in the cancer immune cycle, and translating this knowledge into novel therapeutic approaches to improve the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy. Her current studies include 1) the regulatory role of tumor oncogenic signaling pathways in modulating T-cell mediated antitumor immune response, in particular the PI3K pathway; 2) the impact of deregulated metabolic pathway in tumor on immune resistance; 3) the signaling pathways controlling T-cell proliferation, survival, and tumor trafficking.

Honors and Awards

2018, Chambers-Thermo Fisher Scientific Memorial Award, The American Association of Immunologist
2017, Travel Award, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
2012, AACR-Aflac Scholar-in-Training Awards, American Association of Cancer Research
2009, Presidential Award, The Society for immunotherapy of Cancer

Organizations, Outreach, Boards, Memberships

Member, The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Member, The American Association of Cancer Research
Member, The American Association of Immunologists
Member, The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies