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Hong Wei Chu

Hong Wei Chu, MD, is a Professor at National Jewish Health. Dr. Chu serves as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as the Research Director for the Office of Research Innovation.

Special Interests

Airway epithelial cell host defense functions against bacterial and viral infections in asthma and COPD.

Research Interests

Dr. Chu’s laboratory studies the innate immunity of lung cells such as epithelial cells and macrophages in asthma and COPD. Particularly, Dr. Chu focuses on revealing the mechanisms underlying the increased susceptibility to respiratory infections of bacteria and viruses in airways of asthma and COPD patients.



1992 - 1995
Laval University, Quebec, Canada, Pulmonary Medicine
1985 - 1988
Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China, Pathology
1981 - 1985
Xuzhou Medical College, China, Medicine


1995 - 1998
National Jewish Medical & Research Center, Denver, CO, Pulmonary Medicine


Mues N, Martin RJ, Alam R, Schaunaman N, Dimasuay KG, Kolakowski C, Wright CJ, Zheng L, Chu HWBacterial DNA amplifies neutrophilic inflammation in IL-17-exposed airways. ERJ Open Res. 2023 Jan 23;9(1):00474-2022. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00474-2022. PMID: 36699649; PMCID: PMC9868970.

Dimasuay KG, Berg B, Schaunaman N, Chu HWRole of Myeloid Cell-Specific TLR9 in Mitochondrial DNA-Induced Lung Inflammation in Mice. Int J Mol Sci. 2023 Jan 4;24(2):939. doi: 10.3390/ijms24020939. PMID: 36674451; PMCID: PMC9864555.

Academic Affiliations

Professor, Department of Immunology & Microbiology, University of Colorado Denver

Website Information

Chu Lab