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John S Yi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Office: 915 S. Lasalle Street, 204 Sorf (Bldg. 41) Box 2926, Durham, NC 27710

I am an immunologist, with a focus to characterize the immune system in response to infectious and non-infectious diseases including cancer, HIV, autoimmune disease, and transplantation. My goals are to identify novel biomarkers/immune signatures that clinicians can utilize to diagnosis, predict disease outcomes, and determine patients' response to treatment. 

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham, 2010

Publications

Yi, John S., Jeffrey T. Guptill, Panos Stathopoulos, Richard J. Nowak, and Kevin C. O’Connor. “B cells in the pathophysiology of myasthenia gravis.” Muscle Nerve 57, no. 2 (February 2018): 172–84. https://doi.org/10.1002/mus.25973.

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Kwun J, Burghuber C, Manook M, et al. Successful desensitization with proteasome inhibition and costimulation blockade in sensitized nonhuman primates. Blood Adv. 2017;1(24):2115-2119.” Blood Adv 2, no. 2 (January 23, 2018): 89. https://doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2017015446.

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Reap, Elizabeth A., Carter M. Suryadevara, Kristen A. Batich, Luis Sanchez-Perez, Gary E. Archer, Robert J. Schmittling, Pamela K. Norberg, et al. “Dendritic Cells Enhance Polyfunctionality of Adoptively Transferred T Cells That Target Cytomegalovirus in Glioblastoma.” Cancer Res 78, no. 1 (January 1, 2018): 256–64. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-0469.

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Kwun, Jean, Jaeberm Park, John S. Yi, Alton B. Farris, Allan D. Kirk, and Stuart J. Knechtle. “IL-21 Biased Alemtuzumab Induced Chronic Antibody-Mediated Rejection Is Reversed by LFA-1 Costimulation Blockade.” Front Immunol 9 (2018): 2323. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2018.02323.

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Yi, John S., Neal Ready, Patrick Healy, Chelsae Dumbauld, Robyn Osborne, Mark Berry, Debra Shoemaker, et al. “Immune Activation in Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Plus Ipilimumab.” Clin Cancer Res 23, no. 24 (December 15, 2017): 7474–82. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-2005.

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Kwun, Jean, Christopher Burghuber, Miriam Manook, Brian Ezekian, Jaeberm Park, Janghoon Yoon, John S. Yi, et al. “Successful desensitization with proteasome inhibition and costimulation blockade in sensitized nonhuman primates.” Blood Adv 1, no. 24 (November 14, 2017): 2115–19. https://doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2017010991.

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Gaillard, Stephanie, Chelsae Dumbauld, Alyssa Bilewski, Jessie A. Ehrisman, Angeles Alvarez Secord, Laura Jean Havrilesky, Andrew Berchuck, Kent Weinhold, Cliburn Chan, and John Yi. “Evaluating the repertoire of immune checkpoint markers expressed on peripheral and ascites CD8+ T cells in ovarian cancer.” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35:5571–5571. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2017. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2017.35.15_suppl.5571.

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Yi, John, Jeffrey Melson Clarke, Patrick Healy, Xiaofei F. Wang, Debra Shoemaker, Mark W. Onaitis, Chelsae Dumbauld, et al. “Immune profiling of circulating T cells and TILs following neoadjuvant ipilimumab and chemotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35:26–26. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2017. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2017.35.7_suppl.26.

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Yi, John S., Melissa A. Russo, Janice M. Massey, Vern Juel, Lisa D. Hobson-Webb, Karissa Gable, Shruti M. Raja, Kristina Balderson, Kent J. Weinhold, and Jeffrey T. Guptill. “B10 Cell Frequencies and Suppressive Capacity in Myasthenia Gravis Are Associated with Disease Severity.” Front Neurol 8 (2017): 34. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2017.00034.

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Guptill, Jeffrey T., Vern C. Juel, Janice M. Massey, Amanda C. Anderson, Manisha Chopra, John S. Yi, Ehsanollah Esfandiari, et al. “Effect of therapeutic plasma exchange on immunoglobulins in myasthenia gravis.” Autoimmunity 49, no. 7 (November 2016): 472–79. https://doi.org/10.1080/08916934.2016.1214823.

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