Honorary faculty

Honorary faculty

Genhong Cheng Ph.D.


Professor Genhong Cheng received his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York in 1990, and continued to work there as a postdoctoral fellow (1990-1992). He then conducted research at the Rockefeller University (1992-1994) and MIT (1994-1996) with the Nobel Laureate, Professor David Baltimore. In 1996, he was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and subsequently as an associate professor and as a full professor. While continuing to work in UCLA, in 2012 he was also appointed as Founding Director of the Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Cheng’s research interests include host immune and inflammatory responses to Infections, tissue injuries, cancers and metabolic challenges.


  • Ph.D. , Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, – 1990
  • B.S. , Wuhan University, – 1984

Xiaofeng Qin Ph.D.


  • 2014-present, Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine, PI
  • 2010-present, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Adjunct Professor
  • 2010-2014, Sun Yat-sen University, Professor
  • 2003-2010, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Assistant Professor
  • 1998-2003, California Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests

  1. Regulatory T cells in tumor-mediated immunosuppression and the control of anti-tumor immunity.
  2. Immunological control for lung cancer metastasis and therapeutic responses.
  3. Engineering immune cells and animal models by CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system.
  4. Cancer immunotherapy.
  5. Infection immunity.
  6. Anti-tumor efficacy and immunological characteristics of candidate drugs in small animal level.


  • Ph.D. , The Rockefeller University, New York, New York, – 1998