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Wei Du, MD, PhD



Hillman Cancer Center, Research Pavilion, 5117 Centre Ave., Suite G5.c
Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-623-2211

Associate Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Du's research is centered on pathophysiology of hematologic diseases such as bone marrow (BM) failure and leukemia.  She has been investigating the mechanism of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) mobilization and BM niche engraftment as well as the factors implicated in cell proliferation and apoptosis.  Her current research interests include: 1) Define the molecular and functional collaboration between a major cell signaling (Fanconi anemia, FA) pathway and immunometabolic regulation in HSCs; 2) Target stem cell-niche interaction for improved therapy for patients with bone marrow failure and leukemia; 3) Study a novel interplay between DDR and immune responses in FA leukemogenesis; 4) Study on the systemic immune effects of persistent DNA damage using mouse and human models of DNA repair deficiency and aging; 5) Molecular mechanism and therapeutic potential of synthetic lethal targeting our newly identified PRMT5-CtIP-FANCD2 complex in homologous recombination repair-competent cancers; and 6) Mechanistic and functional elucidation of the role of a novel paracrine Wnt5a-Prox1 signaling axis in regulating HSC regeneration under conditions of injury and aging.


Du Team:
Limei Wu, MD, PhD
Neha Atale, PhD
Fabilha Chowdhury, BS, MS
Hong Li, BS