Yongqiang Feng, PhD
Yongqiang Feng, PhD

Yongqiang Feng, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty

Departments

Education

PhD - Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Postdoctoral Fellow - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Honors & Awards

  • 2016  MSK Postdoctoral Researcher Award
  • 2011-2013  Bristol-Myers Squibb/Irvington Institute Fellowship

Research Interests

  • Epigenetic regulation of T cell lineage specification and function
  • Molecular basis of T cell stability and plasticity  
  • Development of new tools to study T cell biology

The pleiotropic roles of the adaptive immune system in immunity, tolerance and tissue homeostasis rely on the proper behavior of highly specialized lymphocytes. The differentiation and function of these cells are controlled by distinct transcriptional and epigenetic programs. The Feng laboratory uses cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches to explore the fundamental principles governing cellular identities and function of T cells at the genetic, molecular and cellular level in a variety of immunological settings.

Selected Publications

Chinen T, Kannan AK, Levine AG, Fan X, Klein U, Zheng Y, Gasteiger G, Feng Y, Fontenot JD, Rudensky AY. An essential role for the IL-2 receptor in Treg cell function. Nat Immunol 17:1322-1333. 2016.

Feng Y, van der Veeken J, Osmanbeyoglu HU, Dikiy S, Hoyos BE, Treuting P, Leslie CS, Rudensky AY. A mechanism for expansion of regulatory T-cell repertoire and its role in self-tolerance. Nature 528:132-136, 2015.

Feng Y, Rudensky AY. DNA methylation secures CD4+ and CD8+ T cell lineage borders. Nat Immunol 16:681-683, 2015.

Feng Y, Arvey A, Chinen T, van der Veeken J, Gasteiger G, Rudensky AY. Control of the inheritance of regulatory T cell identity by a cis element in the Foxp3 locus. Cell 158:749-763, 2014.

Arvey A, van der Veeken J, Samstein RM, Feng Y. Stamatoyannopoulos, J.A., and Rudensky, A.Y. Inflammation-induced repression of chromatin bound by the transcription factor Foxp3 in regulatory T cells. Nat Immunol 15:580-587, 2014.

Pan G, Feng Y, Ambegaonkar AA, Sun G, Huff M, Rauskolb C, Irvine KD. Signal transduction by the Fat cytoplasmic domain. Development 140:831-842, 2013.

Ambegaonkar AA, Pan G, Mani M, Feng Y, Irvine KD. Propagation of dachsous-fat planar cell polarity. Curr Biol 22:1302-8, 2012.

Feng Y, Irvine KD. Processing and phosphorylation of the Fat receptor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:11989-11994, 2009.

Feng Y, Irvine KD. Fat and expanded act in parallel to regulate growth through warts. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:20362-20367, 2007.

Cho E*, Feng Y*, Rauskolb C, Maitra S, Fehon R, Irvine KD. Delineation of a Fat tumor suppressor pathway. Nat Genet 38:1142-1150, 2006. (*Contributed equally).

Last update: October 2016