Dr. Qing Ma
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Stem Cell Transplantation-Research
- Chemokine and integrin biology
- Transplant immunology
- Cancer biology
- Stem cell biology
My primary research interest is to investigate the function of adhesion molecules, which regulate cell migration, differentiation and activation. We have demonstrated the role of CXCR4 in retaining hematopoietic precursors within the bone marrow microenvironment for proper maturation. We will further elucidate SDF-1/CXCR4 pathway in regulating hematopoiesis including stem cell mobilization, engraftment and plasticity. I am also interested in cancer immunology and translational research. My lab is currently focusing on integrin LFA-1 and chemokine receptor CCR5, which regulate the function of naïve, effector and memory T cells. Our goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms of T cell- mediated immune responses and develop novel methods for immunotherapy.
Depending on the student's interests, a tutorial in my laboratory would provide experience with molecular biology, cellular immunology, mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, mouse model of human diseases. In addition, the tutorial will focus on developing a research project to make fundamental discoveries in basic science and translate the knowledge into clinic.
Program in Immunology
Office: MDA SCR3.3027 (Unit 900)
Title: Associate Professor
Ph.D. - Thomas Jefferson University - 1995