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Jiafen Hu, MSc, PhD

Jiafen Hu, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Division of Experimental Pathology
Center for Cannabis and Natural Product Pharmaceuticals (CCNPP)
Scientific Program:Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis

Research Interests

  • Rabbits
  • Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus
  • Papillomavirus Infections
  • Immunity
  • Infections
  • Neoplasms
  • Papilloma
  • Skin
  • DNA
  • Vaccination
  • Genome
  • Epitopes

Recent Publications


Kozak, M & Hu, J 2024, 'DNA Vaccines: Their Formulations, Engineering and Delivery', Vaccines, vol. 12, no. 1, 71.
Momenilandi, M, Lévy, R, Sobrino, S, Li, J, Lagresle-Peyrou, C, Esmaeilzadeh, H, Fayand, A, Le Floc'h, C, Guérin, A, Mina, ED, Shearer, D, Delmonte, OM, Yatim, A, Mulder, K, Mancini, M, Rinchai, D, Denis, A, Neehus, AL, Balogh, K, Brendle, S, Rokni-Zadeh, H, Changi-Ashtiani, M, Seeleuthner, Y, Deswarte, C, Bessot, B, Cremades, C, Materna, M, Cederholm, A, Ogishi, M, Philippot, Q, Beganovic, O, Ackermann, M, Wuyts, M, Khan, T, Fouéré, S, Herms, F, Chanal, J, Palterer, B, Bruneau, J, Molina, TJ, Leclerc-Mercier, S, Prétet, JL, Youssefian, L, Vahidnezhad, H, Parvaneh, N, Claeys, KG, Schrijvers, R, Luka, M, Pérot, P, Fourgeaud, J, Nourrisson, C, Poirier, P, Jouanguy, E, Boisson-Dupuis, S, Bustamante, J, Notarangelo, LD, Christensen, N, Landegren, N, Abel, L, Marr, N, Six, E, Langlais, D, Waterboer, T, Ginhoux, F, Ma, CS, Tangye, SG, Meyts, I, Lachmann, N, Hu, J, Shahrooei, M, Bossuyt, X, Casanova, JL & Béziat, V 2024, 'FLT3L governs the development of partially overlapping hematopoietic lineages in humans and mice', Cell, vol. 187, no. 11, pp. 2817-2837.e31.
Fobian, SF, Mei, X, Crezee, J, Snoek, BC, Steenbergen, RDM, Hu, J, ten Hagen, TLM, Vermeulen, L, Stalpers, LJA & Oei, AL 2024, 'Increased human papillomavirus viral load is correlated to higher severity of cervical disease and poorer clinical outcome: A systematic review', Journal of Medical Virology, vol. 96, no. 6, e29741.


Chen, K-M, Sun, Y-W, Hu, J, Balogh, K, Gowda, K, Aliaga, C, Sun, D, Christensen, N, Amin, S & El-Bayoumy, K 2023, 'Gender Difference in DNA Damage Induced by the Environmental Carcinogen Dibenzo[def,p]chrysene Individually and in Combination with Mouse Papillomavirus Infection in the Mouse Oral Cavity', ACS Omega.
Brendle, SA, Li, JJ, Walter, V, Schell, T, Kozak, M, Balogh, KK, Lu, S, Christensen, ND, Zhu, Y, El-Bayoumy, K & Hu, J 2023, 'Immune Responses in Oral Papillomavirus Clearance in the MmuPV1 Mouse Model', Pathogens, vol. 12, no. 12, 1452.
Kozak, M & Hu, J 2023, 'The Integrated Consideration of Vaccine Platforms, Adjuvants, and Delivery Routes for Successful Vaccine Development', Vaccines, vol. 11, no. 3, 695.


Hu, J, Brendle, SA, Li, JJ, Walter, V, Cladel, NM, Cooper, T, Shearer, DA, Balogh, KK & Christensen, ND 2022, 'Depo Medroxyprogesterone (DMPA) Promotes Papillomavirus Infections but Does Not Accelerate Disease Progression in the Anogenital Tract of a Mouse Model', Viruses, vol. 14, no. 5, 980.
Cladel, NM, Xu, J, Peng, X, Jiang, P, Christensen, ND, Zheng, ZM & Hu, J 2022, 'Modeling HPV-Associated Disease and Cancer Using the Cottontail Rabbit Papillomavirus', Viruses, vol. 14, no. 9, 1964.
Brendle, SA, Li, J, Cladel, NM, Balogh, KK, Booth, J, Shearer, DA, Walter, V, Lu, S, Christensen, ND, Covington, D, DeBroff, J, Milici, J, Zhu, Y, Viscidi, R & Hu, J 2022, 'Passive Immunization with a Single Monoclonal Neutralizing Antibody Protects against Cutaneous and Mucosal Mouse Papillomavirus Infections', Journal of virology, vol. 96, no. 16.
Olczak, P, Matsui, K, Wong, M, Alvarez, J, Lambert, P, Christensen, ND, Hu, J, Huber, B, Kirnbauer, R, Wang, JW & Roden, RBS 2022, 'RG2-VLP: a Vaccine Designed to Broadly Protect against Anogenital and Skin Human Papillomaviruses Causing Human Cancer', Journal of virology, vol. 96, no. 13.


Brendle, S, Cladel, N, Balogh, K, Alam, S, Christensen, N, Meyers, C & Hu, J 2021, 'A comparative study on delivery of externally attached dna by papillomavirus vlps and pseudoviruses', Vaccines, vol. 9, no. 12, 1501.
Hartmann, SR, Goetschius, DJ, Hu, J, Graff, JJ, Bator, CM, Christensen, ND & Hafenstein, SL 2021, 'Cryo em analysis reveals inherent flexibility of authentic murine papillomavirus capsids', Viruses, vol. 13, no. 10, 2023.
Xu, J, Zhang, J, Yang, D, Song, J, Pallas, B, Zhang, C, Hu, J, Peng, X, Christensen, ND, Han, R & Chen, YE 2021, 'Gene Editing in Rabbits: Unique Opportunities for Translational Biomedical Research', Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 12, 642444.
Béziat, V, Rapaport, F, Hu, J, Titeux, M, Bonnet des Claustres, M, Bourgey, M, Griffin, H, Bandet, É, Ma, CS, Sherkat, R, Rokni-Zadeh, H, Louis, DM, Changi-Ashtiani, M, Delmonte, OM, Fukushima, T, Habib, T, Guennoun, A, Khan, T, Bender, N, Rahman, M, About, F, Yang, R, Rao, G, Rouzaud, C, Li, J, Shearer, D, Balogh, K, Al Ali, F, Ata, M, Dabiri, S, Momenilandi, M, Nammour, J, Alyanakian, MA, Leruez-Ville, M, Guenat, D, Materna, M, Marcot, L, Vladikine, N, Soret, C, Vahidnezhad, H, Youssefian, L, Saeidian, AH, Uitto, J, Catherinot, É, Navabi, SS, Zarhrate, M, Woodley, DT, Jeljeli, M, Abraham, T, Belkaya, S, Lorenzo, L, Rosain, J, Bayat, M, Lanternier, F, Lortholary, O, Zakavi, F, Gros, P, Orth, G, Abel, L, Prétet, JL, Fraitag, S, Jouanguy, E, Davis, MM, Tangye, SG, Notarangelo, LD, Marr, N, Waterboer, T, Langlais, D, Doorbar, J, Hovnanian, A, Christensen, N, Bossuyt, X, Shahrooei, M & Casanova, JL 2021, 'Humans with inherited T cell CD28 deficiency are susceptible to skin papillomaviruses but are otherwise healthy', Cell, vol. 184, no. 14, pp. 3812-3828.e30.
Brendle, S, Li, JJ, Cladel, NM, Shearer, DA, Budgeon, LR, Balogh, KK, Atkins, H, Costa-Fujishima, M, Lopez, P, Christensen, ND, Doorbar, J, Murooka, TT & Hu, J 2021, 'Mouse papillomavirus l1 and l2 are dispensable for viral infection and persistence at both cutaneous and mucosal tissues', Viruses, vol. 13, no. 9, 1824.


El-Bayoumy, K, Christensen, ND, Hu, J, Viscidi, R, Stairs, DB, Walter, V, Chen, KM, Sun, YW, Muscat, JE & Richie, JP 2020, 'An integrated approach for preventing oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers: Two etiologies with distinct and shared mechanisms of carcinogenesis', Cancer Prevention Research, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 649-660.
Osborne, AJ, Atkins, HM, Balogh, KK, Brendle, SA, Shearer, DA, Hu, J, Sample, CE & Christensen, ND 2020, 'Antibody-mediated immune subset depletion modulates the immune response in a rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) model of Epstein-Barr virus infection', Comparative Medicine, vol. 70, no. 5, pp. 312-322.
Christensen, ND, Chen, KM, Hu, J, Stairs, DB, Sun, YW, Aliaga, C, Balogh, KK, Atkins, H, Shearer, D, Li, J, Brendle, SA, Gowda, K, Amin, S, Walter, V, Viscidi, R & El-Bayoumy, K 2021, 'The environmental pollutant and tobacco smoke constituent dibenzo[def,p]chrysene is a co-factor for malignant progression of mouse oral papillomavirus infections', Chemico-Biological Interactions, vol. 333, 109321.