October 3, 2019

Our Cell Stem Cell paper reporting HSC-engineered iNKT cell therapy is featured on the journal’s October issue for “In Translation”. [link]

September 23, 2019

Our Cell Stem Cell paper reporting HSC-engineering iNKT cell cancer therapy is featured on UCLA News. [PDF][Link]

September 17, 2019

Our Cell Stem Cell paper reporting HSC-engineered iNKT cell therapy is featured on the Stem Cell Podcast. [PDF][Link]

September 5, 2019

Our paper reporting the development of HSC-engineered iNKT cell therapy for cancer is published online on Cell Stem Cell. Congratulations to all the authors, in particular to the co-first authors Yanni Zhu & Drake Smith! [PDF][Link]

August 16, 2019

Our PhD student, Charlie Yanruide Li, receives a Whitecome Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations, Charlie!

June 11, 2019

Our PhD student, Victor Jiaji Yu, receives a BSCRC Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations, Victor!

October 22, 2018

Our paper reporting the isolation and characterization of NY-ESO-1-specific T cell receptors is published online on PNAS. This study was in collaboration with the Owen Witte Lab at UCLA and the David Baltimore Lab at Caltech. Congratulations to all the […]

July 23, 2018

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $1.4M CIRM 2.0 Quest Award to develop off-the-shelf iNKT cell therapy for cancer. [PDF][Link]

May 23, 2018

Our Undergraduate Student, Levina Lin, receives a Dean’s Prize at Research Poster Day 2018. Congratulations, Levina!

April 15, 2018

Our two outstanding undergraduate students, Alex Pham and Levina Lin, are both accepted into the UCLA Medical School. Congratulations, Alex and Levina!

April 15, 2018

Dr. Jessie Xiao Ma joins us as a postdoc. Welcome, Jessie!

February 1, 2018

Dr. Yu Jeong Kim joins us as a postdoc. Welcome, YJ!

December 14, 2017

Dr. Lili Yang and Dr. Yu Huang jointly receive a $150,000 BSCRC/CNSI Stem Cell Nano-Medicine Initiative Planning Award from UCLA, to study the in vitro expansion of human blood stem cells using decorated graphene as feeders.

September 5, 2017

Our paper on miR-146a regulation of Th17 polarization and autoimmunity is published online on the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Congratulations to all the authors, in particular to the co-first authors Bo Li & Shirley Xi Wang! [PDF][Link]

September 1, 2017

Our PhD trainee, Dr. Drake Smith, joins the Gilead/Kite Pharma as a Scientist. Congratulations, Drake!

July 26, 2017

Our first PhD student, Drake Smith, successfully defended his thesis today. He sets a record of completing a productive PhD training in 4 years. Congratulations, Dr. Smith!

July 1, 2017

Our Postdoc trainee, Dr. Inyoung Choi, joins Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Consultant. Congratulations, Inyoung!

May 11, 2017

Dr. Lili Yang receives the Outstanding New Investigator Award from the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT). [PDF][Link]

May 1, 2017

Dr. Lili Yang receives the Life Sciences Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Publication from UCLA.

January 31, 2017

Dr. Lili Yang receives the Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Immunologist (AAI).

September 8, 2016

Our paper on propagating humanized BLT mice for the study of human immunotherapy is published online on the journal of Stem Cells and Development. Congratulations to all the authors, in particular to the first author Drake Smith! [PDF][Link]

September 1, 2016

Alice Yang Zhou joins us as a Lab Manager and Research Assistant. Welcome, Alice!

July 1, 2016

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $150,000 BSCRC-RHF Research Award from the Rose Hills Foundation (RHF) to study human iNKT cell development.

May 1, 2016

Our Postdoc trainee, Dr. Bo Li, joins the Loma Linda University as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations, Bo!

March 23, 2016

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $7.6M CIRM 2.0 Partnering Opportunity for Translational Research Projects Award to translate a new stem cell-based immunotherapy into clinics. [PDF][Link]

September 1, 2015

Our former Lab Manager, Claret Siyuan Liu, joins Amgen as a Scientist. Congratulations, Claret!

June 11, 2015

Our PhD Student, Drake Smith, receives a T32 Tumor Immunology Training Grant. Congratulations, Drake!

February 1, 2015

Drs. David Baltimore, Owen Witte, and Lili Yang jointly receive a $1M GTSN Challenge Award for Lethal Prostate Cancer from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), to study T cell receptor gene therapy for treatment of lethal prostate cancer.

January 27, 2015

Our PNAS paper on stem cell-engineering iNKT cells is listed as the TOP STORY on the Hematopoiesis News. [PDF][Link]

January 20, 2015

Our paper on stem cell-engineered invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells is published online on PNAS. Congratulations to all the authors, in particular to the first author Drake Smith! [PDF][Link]

January 1, 2015

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $150,000 STOP CANCER Research Career Development Award to study tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy. [PDF][Link]

October 9, 2014

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $2.3M NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award to develop new ways using blood stem cells to attack cancer. [PDF][Link]

February 1, 2014

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $50,000 Stem Cell Research Award from the Concern Foundation, to study stem cell-engineered iNKT cell therapy for breast cancer.

January 29, 2014

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $614,400 CIRM Basic Biology V Exploratory Concepts (RB5) Award to study special immune cells. [PDF][Link]

January 1, 2014

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $65,000 SPORE in Prostate Cancer Career Development Award (NIH P50), to study stem cell-engineered iNKT cells for prostate cancer therapy.

July 1, 2013

Dr. Lili Yang receives a $50,000 BSCRC Innovation Award from UCLA, to study stem cell engineering for immunotherapy.

July 4, 2007

Dr. Lili Yang is named as one of the 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology Review Magazine. [PDF][Link]