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Na Xiong, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Immunology
Na Xiong, Ph.D.
221 Agricultural Science and Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802
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Work Phone: 814-863-2933

Areas of Expertise

  • Immunology
  • Development and function of skin-resident lymphocytes
  • Skin inflammatory disease and infections
  • Intestinal inflammation

Graduate Programs

  • Molecular Cellular Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS)

Research

Our research interests concern development and function of γδ T cells, a class of immune cells with various roles in microbial immunity, regulation of inflammation, tumor surveillance and others. Unlike conventional αβ T cells, γδ T cells preferentially reside in epithelial tissues covering the surface of a body such as the skin and intestine, where they function in the first line of defense. Using transgenic and knockout mouse models as experimental approaches, we try to uncover molecular mechanisms underlying development of tissue-specific γδ T cells and define their functional mechanism in infection and inflammation.

Research Interests

Immunology and Infectious Disease Research Faculty

Development and function of gamma/delta T cells, a class of immune cells with various roles in microbial immunity, inflammation regulation and tumor surveillance.