Kang Chen

Kang Chen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Immunology and Microbiology, Oncology
Lab location 1: 421 East Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201
Lab location 2: 275 East Hancock Street, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-578-4339
E-mail: kang@wayne.edu
Lab website: http://chenlab.wayne.edu

Research Interests

  • Pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancer
  • Antibody dysfunction in immunodeficiency and lymphoma
  • Immune regulation of reproduction and reproductive disorders

Research Description

Pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancer

We want to understand the pathogenic process of gynecologic cancers, and identify biomarkers for early diagnosis and accurate prognosis and individualized molecular targets for treatment. Current work employs cell-, animal- and patient specimen-based strategies to elucidate the cellular and molecular pathways important for the growth, metastasis and immune evasion of ovarian cancer, and screen for drugs that can block those processes.

Antibody dysfunction in immunodeficiency and lymphoma
We apply a diverse array of cellular, histological and molecular techniques to elucidate mechanisms that regulate antibody maturation and production by B lymphocytes, including immunoglobulin heavy chain class switching and somatic hypermutation. These processes are critical for the diversification of the antibody repertoire to generate effective immune protection. When out of control, they can result in immunodeficiency, autoimmunity and lymphoma.

Immune regulation of reproduction and reproductive disorders
A large number of reproductive disorders have an immunological basis. Leveraging our immunological expertise, novel and original diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive strategies are being developed to reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes and the associated infant mortality and disability.

For Prospective Students

The immune system has a pervasive role in the great majority of human diseases. Immunological concepts and technologies have been instrumental to the advances of modern medicine. Our lab uses a comprehensive approach of molecular, cellular, histological and immunological methods in animal models and human samples to study immune processes. We welcome outstanding students who are interested in immunology and want to train in a high-effort and high-reward environment.

Recent Publications
For a selected list of publications, please refer to http://chenlab.wayne.edu/publications.html

Huang B, Faucette AN, Pawlitz MD, Pei B, Goyert JW, Zheng ZJ, El-Hage NG, Cols M, Lin J, Yao F, Jassal JS, Dewar RS III, Dai J, Shen C, Polin LA, Nichols RA, Jones TB, Deng J, Bluth MH, Puder KS, Gonik B, Nayak NR, Puscheck E, Wei W-Z, Cerutti A, Colonna M, Chen K. Interleukin-33-induced expression of PIBF1 by decidual B cells protects against preterm labor. Nature Medicine 2017;23:128-35

Huang B, Yin M, Li X, Cao G, Qi J, Lou G, Sheng S, Kou J, Yu B, Chen K. Migration-Inducing Protein 7 promotes epithelial ovarian cancer tumorigenesis and angiogenesis and independently predicts poor prognosis. Oncotarget 2016;7:27552-66.

Faucette AN, Unger BL, Gonik B, Chen K Maternal vaccination: moving the science forward. Human Reproduction Update 2015;21:119-35.

Shan M, Gentile M, Yeiser JR, Walland AC, Bornstein VU, Chen K, He B, Cassis L, Bigas A, Cols M, Comera L, Huang B, Blander JM, Xiong H, Meyer L, Berin C, Augenlicht LH, Velcich A, Cerutti A. Mucus enhances gut homeostasis and oral tolerance by delivering immunoregulatory signals. Science 2013;342:447-453.

Hong P, Chen K, Huang B, Liu M, Li Z, Cui M, Chaqour B, Pan X, Barton ER, Jiang X-C, Siddiqui MAQ. HEXIM1 controls satellite cell expansion after injury to regulate skeletal muscle regeneration. Journal of Clinical Investigation 2012;122:3873-87.

Puga I, Cols M, Barra CM, He B, Cassis L, Gentile M, Comerma L, Chorny A, Shan M, Xu W, Magri G, Knowles DM, Tam W, Chiu A, Bussel JB, Serrano S, Lorente JA, Bellosillo B, Lloreta J, Juanpere N, Alameda F, Baró T, de Heredia CD, Torán N, Català A, Torrebadell M, Fortuny C, Cusí V, Carreras C, Diaz GA, Blander JM, Farber CM, Silvestri G, Cunningham-Rundles C, Calvillo M, Dufour C, Notarangelo LD, Lougaris V, Plebani A, Casanova JL, Ganal SC, Diefenbach A, Aróstegui JI, Juan M, Yagüe J, Mahlaoui N, Donadieu J, Chen K, Cerutti A. B cell-helper neutrophils stimulate immunoglobulin diversification and production in the marginal zone of the spleen. Nature Immunology 2012;13:170-80 (cover story).

Cerutti A, Chen K, Chorny A. Immunoglobulin responses at mucosal interfaces. Annual Review of Immunology 2011;29:273-93.

Education and Training:
PhD (2005-2009), Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
BSc with First Class Honors (2001-2002), National University of Singapore
BSc (1998-2001), National University of Singapore

Cancer Biology Courses Taught:
CB7410 Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy (Course Director)