T Cell Exhaustion


During chronic infections and cancer, CD8 T cells become dysfunctional and fail to form functional memory, a process described as “exhaustion”. Key features of T cell exhaustion include increased expression of inhibitory receptors, reduced cytokine production, weakened cell proliferation potential and altered transcriptional program/epigenetic landscape. Our lab is interested in the population dynamics, transcriptional/epigenetic stochastic and molecular regulation mechanism during T cell exhaustion development. By understanding these mechanisms, we aim to enhance T cell immunity and provide better therapeutic strategies for clinical application.