Qun Wu
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • 5280 Top Doctors 2016
  • Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor
  • America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd.
  • Recognized in America’s Top Doctors — Castle Connolly, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America® 2015 — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • America’s Top Doctors 2016 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
  • Research AreasResearch Areas
    • Asthma and Infections
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Infections
    • Lung Aging

    Special Interests

    Research Interests

    My research interests include:

    1. Impaired airway mucosal immunity and underlying mechanisms in acute infectious exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
    2. Cigarette smoke-induced airway epithelial senescence and underlying mechanisms in the pathogenesis of COPD.


    Wuhan University School of Medicine (Wuhan, China), PhD
    Hubei Medical University (Wuhan, China), MD
    Dongfeng Motor Corporation General Hospital (Shiyan, China),

    Professional Memberships

    2010-Present: American Physiological Society
    2007-Present: American Thoracic Society
    1998-Present: Chinese Society of Immunology


    Qun Wu*, Di Jiang, Maisha Minor, Hong Wei Chu. Electronic cigarette liquid increases inflammation and virus infection in primary human airway epithelial cells. PLoS One. 2014, 9(9): e108342.PMID: 25244293. *Corresponding author.

    Reena Berman, Chunjian Huang, Di Jiang, James Finigan, Qun Wu, Hong Wei Chu. MUC18 differentially regulates pro-inflammatory and anti-viral responses in human airway epithelial cells. Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology. 2014, 5(5): 257. PMCID: PMC4251563. Co-corresponding author.

    Qun Wu, Linda F. van Dyk, Di Jiang, Azzeddine Dakhama, Liwu Li, Steven R. White, Ashley Gross, Hong Wei Chu. Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase M (IRAK-M) promotes human rhinovirus infection in lung epithelial cells via the autophagic pathway. Virology. 2013, 446(1-2): 199-206. PMID: 24074582

    Qun Wu, Di Jiang, Sean Smith, Jyoti Thaikoottathil, Richard J. Martin, Russell P. Bowler, Hong Wei Chu. IL-13 dampens human airway epithelial innate immunity through induction of IL-1 receptor-associated kinase M. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2012, 129(3): 825-833. PMID: 22154382

    Qun Wu, Richard J. Martin, Spencer LaFasto, Benjamin J. Efaw, John G. Rino, Ronald J. Harbeck, and Hong Wei Chu. Toll-like Receptor 2 down-regulation in established mouse allergic lungs contributes to decreased mycoplasma clearance. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2008, 177(7): 720-729. PMID: 18202345

    Teaching & Professional Positions

    Review Activity for Journals
    2010 - present: Microbial Pathogenesis
    2010 - present: PLoS ONE
    2013 - present: The Journal of Immunology

    Contact Information

    • Office: 303.398.1589
    • Fax: 303.270.2319
    • Email: wuq@njhealth.org



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      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

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