Professor Li Wu

Professor Li Wu



Professor Li Wu in an office



MBBS MMed Sci Beijing PhD Melbourne

Laboratory Head

My research focuses on dendritic cells, a type of immune cell that can initiate adaptive immune responses. Dendritic cells can also prevent immune responses to harmless proteins in our environment, or produced by the body itself.

There are many types of dendritic cells that vary in their function in the immune system. We are studying the molecules that control how different dendritic cell subsets develop and function. We aim to understand how defects in these processes may cause various diseases.

I hold a joint appointment between the institute and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Research interest

Our research interest is mainly focused on how the development of dendritic cell populations is regulated by various molecules, including:

  • Cytokines
  • Transcription factors
  • Non-coding RNAs

We are also interested in the role of dendritic cells in the induction of central immune tolerance and in inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

We aim to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of these diseases and to design novel strategies to prevent and intervene the occurrence of these diseases.