UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is pleased to welcome Jing Hong Wang, M.D., Ph.D., to the faculty as a member of the cancer immunology and immunotherapy program. Wang will also be appointed as a professor of medicine in the division of hematology/oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Wang’s research focuses on understanding how the immune system behaves within the microenvironment of a tumor in head and neck cancer and B cell lymphoma. She also studies how changes in the DNA of B cells alter how the body produces antibodies that are used to fight pathogens and cancer cells. Her research will shed light on how cancer cells evade detection by the immune system, findings that will help develop new immunotherapies and improve existing treatments.
“I’m very excited to join Hillman and look forward to working and collaborating with an incredibly dynamic and motivated team of physicians and scientists,” said Wang. “I’ve always aspired to do research with the goal of positively impacting the lives of patients. I couldn’t think of a better place to achieve that goal than Hillman – this is truly a unique institution where there is an emphasis on scientific excellence and a clear vision to translate discoveries into the clinic.”
At Hillman, Wang will contribute to the head & neck specialized program of research excellence (SPORE) and provide senior leadership and mentoring support for SPORE investigators. She will be a member of the tumor microenvironment center and will collaborate with physicians in the malignant hematology and lymphoma program to translate her discoveries into the clinic.
Wang obtained her medical degree at Beijing Medical University in China and her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. She completed postdoctoral training at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Hillman, she served as an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
She has published extensively in tumor immunology, T and B cell biology, co-authoring over 50 publications. Her research has been recognized with several awards, including the AAI Lustgarten-Thermo Fisher Scientific Memorial Award.