University of Alabama at Birmingham
VH 566B
1530 3RD AVE S
BIRMINGHAM AL 35294-0019

Office: (205)975-2628






      1981. Medicine. Ye-Jing Medical School, Wuhan, P. R. China.
M.S.      1986. Immunology. Tong-Ji Medical School, Wuhan. P. R. China.
Ph.D.    1992. Immunology. University of Goettingen, W. Germany.


Academic Affiliations

Professor:    Department of Dermatology, Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Professor:   Department of Pathology
Faculty Member:   Graduate School, University of Alabama at Birmingham


 Research Interests

The major research interest of our laboratory is to investigate mechanisms for immune responses in inflammatory diseases and tumors. The immune system plays crucial roles in protection against pathogens and surveillance of cancer development. However, immune responses can also cause inflammatory diseases in overreactions and promote cancer development in a form of unsolved chronic inflammation. Mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. Study in the mechanisms will not only advance our understanding of pathogenesis of immune-related disorders but also be exploited to development of new strategies for treatment.

Allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is mediated by T cell dependent delayed type hypersensitivity responses. Th1 and Th17 cells are primary effector cells in the development of allergen induced contact dermatitis in the skin. Our current studies examine mechanisms for resolution of the cutaneous inflammation. The focus will be on mechanisms for the development of immune suppressive myeloid cells and their roles in the suppression of allergen specific T cells.

Inflammation associated tumor development. The role of inflammation in tumor development is a key issue in tumor immunology. Although it is well known that inflammation is associated with immune suppression and tumor growth, mechanisms remain to be fully determined. Our current studies concentrate on the role of interleukin-17 in inflammation associated immune suppression and tumor development. We examine it in animal models with chemical carcinogen or ultraviolet radiation induced immune suppression and carcinogenesis in the skin.



For a list of Dr. Xu's publications, click here.