Molecular Medicine faculty and students are united by an interest in molecular mechanisms underlying disease. Program faculty and students are involved in cutting-edge science especially focused on immunological diseases and cancer.
While some of our researchers focus on the genes, molecules, and cells that contribute to disease states, others are directly involved in “bench to bedside” work. Regardless of which end of the spectrum interests you as a biomedical researcher in training, there’s a lab for you in the Molecular Medicine Program!
"Welcome to the Molecular Medicine Program, where we focus on the fast-growing field
of immunology and immunotherapy. Become a team member to study and manipulate the
body’s immune system to fight cancers as well as other diseases. You will be trained
to impact patient care through translational research and to become a leader in academia
or in industry."
Yukai He, MD, PhD
Dr. He is a tumor immunologist in Georgia Cancer Center. He has been focusing on developing cancer vaccines and immunotherapy for solid tumors, such as liver cancers and lung cancers. His latest effort is on developing T cell receptor (TCR) engineered T cells and chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) engineered T cells for liver cancer and lung cancer immunotherapy. These studies are highly translational and some have been moved into clinical trials. Dr. He’s research has been continuously funded by NCI/NIH since 2001. Dr. He and his team consistently publishes their work in the field of tumor immunology and immunotherapy, some are in high impact journals such as “Immunity” and “Hepatology”. Dr He has over 50 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited over 3500 times. Dr. He is on editorial board of Experimental Biology and Medicine and as ad hoc reviewers on numerous scientific journals including Cancer Research, JI, and SITC journals. He has also served on NIH study section and DoD and VA study sections.
In addition to his scientific achievements, Dr. He has been educating PhD students. He has mentored, 2 undergraduate researchers, 11 postdocs and 5 PhD students (3 of them have graduated). He has been on 12 different student advisory committees. Dr. He encourage and help students to apply for training grants.