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Seung Woo Kang

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PhD Candidate

University of Virginia - Class of 2015

Research Interests:

I currently am working on three different projects to answer questions that pique my interest:

1. iTEC Reprogramming: Over-expression of a transcription factor FOXN1 differentiate mouse embryonic fibroblasts into thymic epithelial cells (TECs). How close are they to the actual TECs? Can I utilise and modify the in vitro system to create fully functional thymic microenvironment?

2. Thymic involution: What is the genetic pathway and molecular mechanisms behind the maintenance & differentiation of medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs)?

3. Neuroinflammation: How can immunosenescence & inflammageing of T-cells that caused by the thymic involution affect inflammatory responses in the central nervous system (CNS)? How are they tied into neurodegenerative disorders?

Dissertation Chair

Distinguished Research Professor

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