Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Immunology and Microbiology are foundational disciplines in life sciences that are thriving in the new era of interdisciplinary crosstalk. Research in these areas provides a theoretical basis for the prevention and treatment of major human diseases, essential for safeguarding public health and national security amidst ever-growing globalization.

The Department of Immunology and Microbiology (IMMB) at SUSTech explores diverse research directions, ranging from developmental and cellular biology of immune systems to pathological mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, immunoregulation in neurodegeneration, metabolic disorders,  cancer, as well as pathogenic and drug resistance mechanisms of microorganisms. By integrating multiple research disciplines and cutting-edge technologies such as single-cell profiling and AI tools with traditional methodologies, including animal models, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and structural biology, we aim to identify exciting interdisciplinary synergies and push back the scientific frontier to the next level. Through gaining mechanistic insights into the basic biology of immune systems and microorganisms, the pathogenic processes of immune disorders and the molecular basis of bacterial drug resistance, our department endeavors to identify novel therapeutic targets for infectious and immune diseases, aspiring to advance the transfer of academic knowledge into clinical treatments.

In the next five to ten years, the Department of Immunology and Microbiology expects to expand into a multi-disciplinary research team comprising 20-25 principal investigators with expertise ranging from immunology, microbiology to biophysics and genetics. 

Faculty & staff

Zilong WEN Chair Professor

Room 411, Research Building 2


Research interest:Hematopoietic stem cell; Immune cell; Tissue regeneration

Tao DONG Professor

Room 517, Research Building 2


Research interest:Host-microbe interaction;secretion system;

Wen ZHOU Assistant Professor

Room 405, Research Building 2


Research interest:Innate immunity and immune dise-ase

Huapeng YU Assistant Professor

Room 415, Biology Hall


Research interest:Mechanotransduction; cell adhesion; cytoskeleton

Xijun OU Associate Professor

Room 413, Biology Hall


Research interest:RNA regulation of B cell biology

Zhongmin LIU Assistant Professor

Room 213, Biology Hall


Research interest:Structural Biology

Sicong HE Assistant Professor

Room 410, Biology Hall


Research interest:Biomedical Optics

Li ZHANG Assistant Professor

Room 516, Research Building 2


Research interest:Immunology; Pathogenic Microbio-logy; Tuberculosis;

Huang DAN Research Assistant Professor

Room 418, Research Building 2


Research interest:Genome Evolution; Tumor Metabolism; Transcriptional Regulatory Mechanisms;

Xinmeng CHEN Research Assistant Professor

Rm201-4, Biology Hall


Research interest:Nucleic acid-protein complexes;