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Research Interests

Research Topics

Immunology, Virology, Molecular Evolution, Protein Structure, Bioinformatics

Disease Research Interests

Infectious Diseases


Postdoc, The Scripps Research Institute, 2020
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
B.S., University of Virginia, 2010

Professional Information

The Wu lab focuses on three research questions:

  1. What are the constraints of virus evolution?
  2. Can we predict antibody specificity?
  3. Can we improve the quality and speed of vaccine design?

The Wu lab addresses these questions mainly in the context of influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2, using molecular virology, protein biochemistry, next-generation sequencing, high-throughput assays, x-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, and machine learning.

Honors & Awards

Viruses Early Career Investigator Award (2022)
UIUC MCB Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2022)
ASV Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award (2022)
Searle Scholar Award (2022)
Michelson Prize (2021)
ESWI Young Scientist Innovative Award (2021)
NIH Director's New Innovator Award (2021)
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2019)
Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017)

Office Phone

(217) 300-9239


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