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Michael Cheung, BS, MS


Graduate Research Assistant, Molecular Medicine dept., Morsani College of Medicine

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Email: mcheung@health.usf.edu
Phone: (813) 974-8574
Office: MDC, 2513
Mailing address 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd Shyam Mohapatra Lab
Tampa, FL 33612
  • MS, Medical Science, The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, USA - 2012.
  • MS, Biology, The University of Akron, USA - 2009.
  • BS, Biology, The University of Akron, USA - 2006.
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Signature Programs
Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease.
Academic Philosophy

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

Research Summary

My research interests focus on mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), also known as multipotent stromal cells, and their role in modulating immune responses. In particular, our work has revealed that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) may infect MSCs and increase the expression of immune regulatory factors including IFN-beta and indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), which down-regulate T cell proliferation and may be responsible for the lack of development of protective immunity to the virus despite recurrent infections. The use of the IDO-specific inhibitor 1-methyltryptophan on infected MSCs successfully reversed this effect. Future directions may include the use of an IDO inhibitor as a way to increase the immune response to the virus and lead to better outcomes in patients.

Personal Page:   www.linkedin.com/in/mbcheung sites.google.com/site/cheungtep

Selected Publications
  • Jaya Mallela, Sowndharya Ravi, Frantz Jean Louis, Bianca Mulaney, Michael Cheung, Ujjwala Sree Garapati, Vignesh Chinnasamy, Chunyan Wang, Srinivas Nagaraj, Shyam S Mohapatra, Subhra Mohapatra. NPRA Signaling Regulates Stem Cell Recruitment and Angiogenesis: A Model to Study Linkage Between Inflammation and Tumorigenesis Stem Cells. : , 2013.
  • Michael B Cheung. Immune System Modulation in Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Thesis, The University of Akron. : , 2009.

Positions Held
  • Teaching Assistant (Biology dept., College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Akron 2006 - 2009)

  • The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) (Predoctoral Fellow, 2012 - Present)

  • "Respiratory syncytial virus infection of mesenchymal stem cells" Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease. FL, United States - 2013.
  • "Immunobiology of RSV infection: New insights" Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease. FL, United States - 2012.

Profile last modified on 09/05/2014