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Xuan Wang-Kan

Post-doctoral Fellow

Research interests

I joined Professor Mads Gyrd-Hansen’s group as a post-doctoral researcher in 2019. My research focuses on inflammation. Chronic inflammation causes cell death and damage to our tissues. These tissues release DNA-damaging chemicals that can lead to cancer. Therefore, by limiting inflammation we can reduce the risk of developing cancer. One way of reducing inflammation is by targeting ubiquitination, a mechanism of protein modification. The aim of my project is to understand how ubiquitin regulates inflammation and cell death, which can guide the discovery of druggable targets against chronic inflammation.


I did my PhD at the Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham. During my PhD I studied the relationship between antibiotic resistance and virulence in Salmonella Typhimurium. Prior to my PhD, I trained as a Chemist Bacteriologist Parasitologist (undergraduate degree) at the National School of Biological Sciences in Mexico. To obtain my degree, I worked on a research project at the Infectology Department of the Children’s Hospital of Mexico Federico Gomez. This project was on quorum sensing, a bacterial communication system that regulates the expression of virulence factors.

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