September 27, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

“Liposomal Antibiotics Induces Anticancer Immunity by Killing the Tumor Associated Bacteria”


Lecture by Leaf Huang, PhD
Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The Pharmaceutical Sciences Department is plDR. Huangeased to welcome Leaf Huang, PhD, who will present the 27th annual John G. Wagner Lecture in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Most human solid tumors contain bacteria or fungi, which renders the tumor highly immunosuppressive. Dr. Huang’s work explores the hypotheses that killing the tumor associated microbiome will induce strong anticancer immunity. In his talk, he will discuss recent results and the clinical implications.

Dr. Huang’s research has been in the area of gene therapy and targeted drug delivery. Highly recognized for his liposome research, he pioneered the liposome non-viral vector and has designed and manufactured the cationic lipid vector for the first non-viral clinical trial in 1992. He was also the first to publish the activity of polyethylene glycol (PEG) in prolonging the circulation time of liposomes. His current work centers around drug and gene delivery targeting tumor associated bacteria. 

He is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award, which is the highest scientific recognition of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He was named a Highly Cited Researcher in “Pharmacology & Toxicology” and then in “Cross Field” each year since 2016. Dr. Huang has also co-founded 6 biotech start-ups in the past.


Building 10 Research Auditorium
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor