Lili Yang

Title(s)Associate Professor, MIMG
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    California Institute of Technology, PasadenaPh.D.06/2004Biology
    California Institute of Technology, PasadenaPostdoc06/2005Biology
    California Institute of Technology, PasadenaResearch Scientist12/2012Biology
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    Endpoints News2022Women in Biopharm (20 women blazing trails in biopharma R&D)
    CIRM2022  - 2024Quest Award
    UCLA U Magazine2021Spotlight Featured Faculty
    Department of Defense (DoD)2021  - 2024Impact Award
    CIRM2021  - 2024Translational Research Award
    Tower Cancer Research Foundation2020  - 2025Senior Investigator Award
    UCLA2019  - 2022Ablon Scholars Award
    CIRM2018  - 2020Quest Award
    The American Association of Immunologist (AAI)2017Young Investigator Award
    American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT)2017Outstanding New Investigator (ONI) Award
    UCLA2017Life Sciences Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Publication
    Rose Hills Foundation2016  - 2017RHF Research Award
    Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)2015  - 2017GTSN Challenge Award for Lethal Prostate Cancer
    STOP CANCER Foundation2015  - 2017Research Career Development Award
    CIRM2016  - 2020Translational Research Award
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)2014  - 2019Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
    California Institute for Generative Medicine (CIRM)2014  - 2016Exploratory Concepts Award
    Concern Foundation2014  - 2015Stem Cell Research Award
    UCLA2014  - 2015SPORE in Prostate Cancer Career Development Award
    UCLA2013  - 2022Broad Stem Cell Research Center (BSCRC) Innovation Award
    CHARVI/HVTN2009  - 2011Early Career Investigator Award
    William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation2008Forbeck Scholar Award
    MIT's Technology Review Magazine2007TR35 Award (nation's top 35 innovators under age 35)
    California Institute of Technology1999  - 2004Helen G. and Arthur MmCallum Fellowship
    University of California, Riverside1997  - 1999Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship

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    Dr. Lili Yang is currently an Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

    Dr. Yang has over 20 years of experience in both basic and translational study of the immune system. Her research centers on deciphering the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating immune responses against cancer, infection, and autoimmune diseases, and exploiting this knowledge to develop innovative immunotherapies to treat these diseases. A major strength of her research program is that it both generates scientific discoveries and translates these discoveries into clinical and commercial development. So far Dr. Yang's research has resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed publications (in prestigious journals including Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Immunology, Cell Stem Cell, PNAS, J Exp Med, J Clin Invest, etc.), 22 patents, 2 clinical trials, and 2 biotech startups.

    The Yang Engineering Immunity Lab at UCLA has two active research directions: 1) studying the molecular control of antitumor immunity, and 2) developing innovative gene- and cell-based immunotherapies for treating cancer. A current focus of the Lab is to develop stem cell-engineered, "off-the-shelf" CAR-iNKT cell therapy for targeting a broad range of blood cancers (e.g., multiple myeloma and AML) and solid tumors (e.g., ovarian, breast, prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers).

    Overall, the Yang Engineering Immunity Lab at UCLA has established a strong research platform that supports interdisciplinary studies spanning the areas of immunology, stem cell biology, cancer biology, infection, and gene & cell-based immunotherapy. Please visit the Lab website for details and updates:

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    1. Passive immunization against HIV/AIDS by antibody gene transfer. Viruses. 2014 Jan 27; 6(2):428-47. Yang L, Wang P. PMID: 24473340; PMCID: PMC3939464.
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