Yan Cui


Yan Cui


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Georgia Cancer Center

The Graduate School

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

Department of The Graduate School


As a tumor immunologist, my research is focused on the complexity of the tumor microenvironment and on how cancer-associate fibroblasts enforce immunosuppression, thereby promoting tumorigenesis and tumor progression, using preclinical mouse models and clinical specimens.


  • Ph.D., Biology/Biological Sciences, General University of Alberta The, 1995

  • MS, Biophysics Peking University, 1988

  • BS, Biochemistry Peking University, 1985

Awards & Honors

  • AAI Laboratory Travel Grant American Association of Immunologists, 2011

  • Cancer Research Institute Fellowship Cancer Research Institute, 2000

  • Alberta Cancer Board Fellowship Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 1996

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MOLM 8130

    Adv Top Mole & Cell Immun
  • MEDI 5088

    Medical Scholars Program


Selected Recent Publications

  • CD73 on cancer-associated fibroblasts enhanced by the A2B-mediated feedforward circuit enforces an immune checkpoint., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Heterogeneity of the Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Immune Landscape and Its Impact on Immunotherapy., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Activation of p53 in Immature Myeloid Precursor Cells Controls Differentiation into Ly6c+CD103+ Monocytic Antigen-Presenting Cells in Tumors., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Fibroblastic reticular cells of the lymphoid tissues modulate T cell activation threshold during homeostasis via hyperactive cyclooxygenase-2/prostaglandin E2 axis., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Local Activation of p53 in the Tumor Microenvironment Overcomes Immune Suppression and Enhances Antitumor Immunity., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Department Service

  • Georgia Cancer Center faculty recruitment committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Georgia Cancer Center Flow cytometry Core 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • AU Institutional Biosafety Committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • The National Institutes of Health/CII or SEPs 2006 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Scientific Journals 2002 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article