People

Associate Professor, Immunobiology

Hsin-Jung Joyce Wu received her PhD degree from the University of Kentucky, studying B cell signaling. For her post-doctoral training, Joyce joined the lab of Diane Mathis and Christophe Benoist at Harvard University, where she investigated the roles of gut microbiota in autoimmune diseases. She is a faculty member of the University of Arizona since 2011. Joyce was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in Spring 2017.


Volunteer-Staff (Assistant Professor, Pediatrics)

Research Technician

Jesse obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a focus in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University in 2011. He worked for several years as a professional engineer; however with a passion to biology, he decided to switch careers to the biomedical field in 2016. He started in the Wu Lab as a research technician in 2019 and works on projects relating to autoimmunity in the mouse model and human samples using CRISPR-Cas9 tools. He also manages mouse colony in Wu lab. Outside of the lab he goes hiking, skiing, and enjoys the outdoors.


Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Laurie obtained her PhD degree in immunology from Grenoble Alpes University (France) in 2019. She joined the Wu lab as a Postdoctoral fellow in August 2019 to understand the role of microbiota in the development of autoimmune diseases. Lung complications are common in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is the major cause of death in patients with RA. She focuses her work mainly on the mechanisms by which microbiota can trigger the plasticity of T cells that impact lung autoimmune pathology in RA-associated lung disease model. In her spare time, she enjoys the desert view of Tucson!


Student Worker

Maddie is double majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology and will graduate in May 2020. She have been a part of the Wu Lab since March 2018 and studys how gut microbiota impact autoimmune lung pathology. Outside of the lab, Maddie enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.


Volunteer

Caitlyn is a pre-medical undergraduate majoring in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry. She has been a part of the Wu lab since August 2018 and is studying how gut microbiota affect inflammation markers. Outside of lab, Caitlyn volunteers in underserved communities and assists in puppy raising for Guide Dogs for the Blind. 


Research Specialist

Tingting obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. During her Ph.D. training, she worked on autoimmune mouse models and studied the migration and suppressive function of Treg cells. She joined Wu lab in 2018 to study the plasticity of Tfh cells and how this may contribute to autoimmunity. She uses tools involving the conditional deletion of mouse models, flow cytometry analysis, as well as cellular and molecular immunology assays to test the hypothesis in her project.


Volunteer

Joshua is an undergraduate student majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Music Performance with Upright Bass and a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Outside of work he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, scuba diving, and doing nature photography as well as playing the upright bass in orchestras. 


Volunteer

Steven is a pre-medical undergraduate student majoring in Physiology with a minor in Health and Human Values. He has been a member of the Wu lab since January 2019 and carries out genotyping of mouse models in addition to bacteria quantification. Outside of lab, Steven is active in Alpha Epsilon Delta (UA pre-health honorary) and runs the Wildcat Wishes Foundation for Tucson/Vail K-12 educators. 


Research Scholar

Anna is an exchange master student coming from China and will graduate in May 2020. She gained her undergraduate in Clinical Pharmacy and then studied at University of Copenhagen for one year. She has been working in the Wu lab since January 2019 and is studying how gut microbiota drive autoimmune pathology. Her current work is detecting the hypoxia status in immune cells of germinal center and lung lesions in autoimmune arthritis model.

Outside of lab, she enjoys traveling, cooking and watching movies.


Student Worker

Kiah is double majoring in Biochemistry and French while working as an undergraduate student in the Wu lab. Her studies revolve around the impact of autoimmune arthritis on lung pathology in our mouse model. When she isn't in the lab or doing classwork, she is usually at her job as an adaptive swim instructor and coach of a Special Olympics swim team, or she is crafting or exploring Tucson with her friends. 


Alumni

Krysta Felix

Graduate Student

Weshely Kujur

Research Technician

Debdut Naskar, PhD

Post Doctoral Research Associate-I

Christina Klinger

Laboratory Manager

Fei Teng

Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Eric Wu

Laboratory Manager

Maran Sprouse

Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Nicholas Bates
Research Technician