Pinghui Feng, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator


Phone: (323) 865-0905

Dr. Pinghui Feng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at USC. At USC, he organizes the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Student/Fellow Seminar Series, serves as a PIBBS mentor and is a member of the USC Institute for Emerging Pathogens and Immune Diseases. Previous teaching positions include instructor at Harvard Medical School and assistant professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Junhua Li, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
M.S., Nanchang University, China
B.S., Nanchang University, China

I study cellular and viral metabolic enzymes in regulating KSHV lytic replication. My work focuses on delineating viral regulatory mechanisms of cellular metabolic enzymes in altering viral gene expression, a key aspect underpinning the lytic replication and latent infection of KSHV.

Junjie Zhang, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
B.S., Peking University, China

I am interested in innate immune signaling in viral oncogenesis, specifically inflammation associated with viral G-protein coupled receptor.

Jun (Richard) Zhao, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of Southern California, US
B.S., Fudan University, China

I study how host defense and proliferation compete for cellular metabolic resources. My research aims to understand the mechanism by which cellular metabolism is partitioned between these two processes.

Jessica Carriere, Ph.D.


I study innate anti-viral signaling pathways activated in response to Herpesvirus infection and specifically the role of the mitochondrial protein MAVS in the control of virus intracellular trafficking and replication.

Xiaoxi Lin, Ph.D.


Qizhi Liu, Ph.D.


Rosetta Moshirian, M.S.

Research Assistant/Lab Manager

Simin Xu, B.S.

Research Laboratory Technician/Lab Manager

B.S., Central South University, China

Mao Tian, B.S.

Graduate Student

B.S., Sichuan University, China

I am deconvoluting the roles of protein deamidation in innate immunity during viral infection and carcinogenesis, specifically concerning the regulation of RIG-I, MAVS and IKKε. Also, I use the bioinformatics tools to study virus-host interaction interfacing the immune response and metabolism that are coupled by KSHV infection and protein deamidases.

Na Xie, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar

Anjie Lu, M.D.

Visiting Scholar

Hansong Xia, M.D.

Visiting Scholar

Meichen Xu, M.D.

Visiting Scholar


Previous Lab Members


Emily Tao, B.S. (Lab Manager)
Katie Lee, B.S. (Lab Manager), Veterinary Assistant
Xiaolu Lu, Ph.D. (Lab Manager), Associate Professor at China University of Geosciences, China
Jackson Cabo, B.S. (Lab Manager), Medical Student at Vanderbilt University, US
Yuqi Wang, B.S. (Lab Manager), Medical Student at Western University, US

Xiaonan Dong, Ph.D. (Postdoc), Instructor at UT South Western Medical School, US
Hao Feng, Ph.D. (Postdoc/Visiting Scholar), Professor at Hunan Normal University, China
Shanping He, Ph.D. (Postdoc), Professor at Hunan Normal University, China
Lining Zhu, Ph.D. (Postdoc), Postdoc at City of Hope, US
Shanshan Song, Ph.D. (Postdoc)
Yi Wang, Ph.D. (Postdoc), Associate Professor at South Central University for Nationalities, China
Zhiheng He, Ph.D. (Postdoc), Postdoc at City of Hope, US

Arlet Minassian, Ph.D. (Ph.D. student)

Calvin Fung (Undergraduate Student)
Sandy On (Undergraduate Student)

Chengming Ding, M.D. (Visiting Scholar)
Jie Chen, M.D. (Visiting Scholar)
Yi Zeng, Ph.D. (Visiting Scholar)
Linshen Xie, M.D. (Visiting Scholar)
Jun Xiao, Ph.D. (Visiting Scholar)