We work on cancer prevention and immunotherapy using tumour-targeted replicating oncolytic viruses, in particular focusing on replicating adenovirus and vaccinia virus.
A systemically deliverable oncolytic Vaccinia virus demonstrates potent anti-tumor efficacy and sensitizes pancreatic cancer to α-PD1. J Immunother Cancer (2021) 9(1):e001624. PMID: 33500259
Transient Inhibition of PI3Kδ Enhances the Therapeutic Effect of Intravenous Delivery of Oncolytic Vaccinia Virus. Mol Ther (2020) 28(5):1263-1275. PMID: 32145202
A Virus-Infected, Reprogrammed Somatic cell-derived Tumor cell (VIReST) regime can prevent initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer. Clin Can Res (2019) 26(2):465. PMID: 31767564
Re-designing Interleukin-12 to enhance its safety and potential as an anti-tumor immunotherapeutic agent. Nature communications (2017) 8(1): 1395. PMID: 29123084
CEACAM6 attenuates adenovirus infection by antagonizing viral trafficking in cancer cells. J Clin Invest (2009) 119(6):1604-15. PMID: 19411761
The major research interest in my group is developing new cancer immunotherapy agents or/and approaches through comprehensive investigations into the interaction of oncolytic viruses, tumour cells, tumour microenvironment and host immune responses.
Our four main research areas of interests are:
The two-faced role of ATF2 on cisplatin response in gastric cancer depends on p53 context Xu L, Wang J, Zhang D et al. Cell and Bioscience (2022) 12(7)
An effective therapeutic regime for treatment of glioma using oncolytic vaccinia virus expressing IL-21 in combination with immune checkpoint inhibition Sun Y, Zhang Z, Zhang C et al. Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics (2022) 26(7) 105-119
Deoxythymidylate Kinase as a Promising Marker for Predicting Prognosis and Immune Cell Infiltration of Pan-cancer Lan T, Wang Y, Miao J et al. Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences (2022) 9(7)
Ferroptosis-Related Genes Are Potential Therapeutic Targets and the Model of These Genes Influences Overall Survival of NSCLC Patients Zhang N, Wu Y, Wu Y et al. Cells (2022) 11(7)
Characterization of the Intra-tumoral B Cell Immunoglobulin Repertoire Is of Prognostic Value for Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Wang Z, Cheng Z, Lu S et al. Frontiers in Immunology (2022) 13(7)
Redirecting anti-Vaccinia virus T cell immunity for cancer treatment by AAV-mediated delivery of the VV B8R gene Cao D, Song Q, Li J et al. Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics (2022) 25(7) 264-275
Remodeling the tumor microenvironment by oncolytic viruses: Beyond oncolysis of tumor cells for cancer treatment Wang L, Chard Dunmall LS, Cheng Z et al. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (2022) 10(7)
Optimized Anchor-Modified Peptides Targeting Mutated RAS Are Promising Candidates for Immunotherapy Baleeiro RB, Dunmall LSC, Liu P et al. Frontiers in Immunology (2022) 13(7)
COVID-19 Resulting in Potential Hearing Damage of Rodents Miao J, Xu H, Tian Y et al. Chinese medicine and natural products (2022) 02(10) e28-e31
MHC class II molecules on pancreatic cancer cells indicate a potential for neo-antigen-based immunotherapy Baleeiro RB, Bouwens CJ, Liu P et al. OncoImmunology (2022) 11(7)For additional publications, please click here
I qualified in medicine and obtained my PhD in 1997. From 1999 to 2005, I undertook postdoctoral research in molecular biology of cancer as well as cancer viral and genetic therapy at the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester University and the Cancer Research UK Molecular Oncology Unit based at Imperial College London.
I joined the Barts Cancer Institute (formerly Institute of Cancer) on 1st July 2005 as a Lecturer. I was promoted to a senior Lecturer and subsequently Reader in Molecular Oncology in 2007 and 2011, respectively, and became Professor of Cancer Cell and Gene Therapy in 2015.
I established the first Sino-British Research Centre for Molecular Oncology with Prof Nick Lemoine in 2006. The Centre was a joint venture entity between Queen Mary University of London and Zhengzhou University. The Centre was elected as a National Centre for International Research in Cell and Gene Therapy by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China in 2014. I have been appointed as the Director of the Centre since then.
I have been working in cancer virotherapy since 2001 with a substantial track record of publications in prestigious scientific journals such as “Nature Biotechnology”, “The Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI)”, “Gut”, and “Nature Communications”, etc.
My long-term research aim is to develop more effective cancer cell and gene therapies based on the genetically engineered oncolytic virus platform, for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human cancer, and advance them into clinical testing.