Hong Wei Chu, MD

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.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Research Director for the Office of Research Innovation
Research AreasResearch Areas

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.


Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China, Pathology
Xuzhou Medical College, China, Medicine
National Jewish Medical & Research Center, Denver, CO, Pulmonary Medicine
Laval University, Quebec, Canada, 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

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