McMaster University

McMaster University

Yonghong Wan

, MD

Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Molecular Medicine
McMaster Immunology Research Centre
Cancer Division

McMaster University
5024 Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
905-525-9140 ext. 22461

Currently accepting Graduate Students
Currently accepting Post-Doctoral Fellows


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Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

MD, Hubei Medical University (China) 1984


Research Focus

Our research focuses on the development of immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, with an emphasis on the combination of adoptive T cell therapy (ACT) and oncolytic virus-based vaccines (OV). By engineering oncolytic viruses to express tumor antigens (termed as oncolytic vaccines), we have demonstrated that oncolytic vaccines could effectively engage and expand tumor-specific central memory T cells (TCM) while retaining all of their beneficial oncolytic properties. Thus, we believe that combining ACT with OV vaccines can simultaneously stimulate T cell expansion, recruit T cells into the tumor, overcome tumor-mediated immunosuppression and broaden spectrum of T cell specificity. This combination platform is now in the early stages of a phase I clinical trial.

Our current projects include studies on (1) the mechanisms that program T cell differentiation and proliferation, including natural T cells and genetically engineered TCR and CAR T cells; (2) biological properties of different oncolytic viruses (e.g. rhabdoviruses, poxviruses and HSV) that influence T cell activities in vivo; (3) the development of dual specific T cells that can broaden antigen-specific T cell responses and are expandable by OV vaccines, (4) the impact of HDAC inhibition and type I IFN signalling on this combination therapy and its on-target/off-tumor toxicity.

Academic Interests

Dr. Wan currently teaches various courses in advanced immunology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  At the undergraduate level, he acts as course coordinator for Advanced Immunology (HTH SCI 4II3).  At the graduate level, Dr. Wan teaches Advanced Immunobiology I (MS715) and Vaccine Immunology (MS717).


Selected Publications

Visit Dr Wan's McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) web profile for more information




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