About Associate Professor Huiling Wu

My aim is to investigate the link between innate and adaptive immunity in kidney diseases and transplant rejection with a view to identifying new therapeutic targets.

Associate Professor Wu is a scientist with research interests in the immunology of kidney disease and transplant rejection.

Associate Professor Huiling Wu works as a senior lecturer and senior scientis in Department of Renal Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and University of Sydney. She completed a PhD (1995-8) in T cell receptors in glomerulonephritis and undertook post-doctoral studies in molecular immunology of T cell activation, regulatory T cells and DNA vaccination in kidney diseases at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. These studies have generated 15 publications in high ranking nephrology and immunology journals and have significantly advanced global knowledge of the role of T cell receptors, T regulatory cells and DNA vaccination in glomerulonephritis. Consequently, she has patented DNA vaccination technique with her collaborators. After moving to RPAH, she has focused on studies of the interface between innate and adaptive immunity in ischemia reperfusion injury and kidney allograft rejection with a view to identifying new therapeutic targets in animal models of kidney ischemia reperfusion injury and allograft rejection. Her studies suggest that innate immune receptors -Toll like receptors play important roles in kidney ischemia reperfusion injury and transplantation. This work, published in a leading journal in the area (J Clin Invest), is a significant step in the goal of targeting innate immunity to prevent kidney ischemia reperfusion injury and allograft rejection. She has successfully supervised honours, PhD and MD students. She currently co-supervises three PhD students and research assistants with Professor Chadban.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Associate Professor Wu's publicatons, please visit her Sydney Medical School profile page.