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Campus Address RPHB 624 Zip 0022
Phone  (205) 934-5191
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Undergraduate  Beijing Agricultural University, Beijing China    1986  B.Agr.Sci./DVM 
Graduate  The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia    1993  PhD 

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Cancer Biology 
Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics 
Integrative Genetics Graduate Program 

Biographical Sketch 
Jianming ‘James’ Tang (b. 1965) grew up in Hunan Province, China. He studied veterinary medicine at Beijing (China) Agricultural University (1981-1986) before pursuing a PhD degree at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (1988-1993). After post-doctoral training at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA) and at UAB Division of Geographic Medicine, he was appointed as assistant professor in 1996 and promoted to associate professor and full professor in 2004 and 2012, respectively. As documented in over 100 peer-reviewed articles in two dozen scientific journals, Dr. Tang's research has evolved from parasite immunology and molecular entomology to immunogenetics and pharmacogenetics. His current work focuses on genetic and epigenetic contributions to infection and immunity in human populations. Two ongoing projects are funded by NIH (NIAID and NIA).

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI)  Member 
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)  Member 

Research/Clinical Interest
Genetic and Epigenetic Correlates of Infection and Immunity
1) Immunogenetics: population genetics; molecular phylogenetics; genotype-phenotype relationships; genetic scoring algorithms 2) Epigenetics: CpG methylation profile; methylation and cytokine gene expression; micoRNA profile 3) Public health: aging and immunologic health in persons living with HIV-1 infection

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
4. Simon C, Tang J, Dalwadi S, Staley G, Deniega J, and Unnasch TR. Genetic evidence for assortative mating between 13-year cicadas and sympatric "17-year cicadas with 13-year life cycles" provides support for allochronic speciation. Evolution 2000; 54:1326-36.  11005299 
3. Tang J, Rivers C, Karita E, Costello C, Allen S, Fultz PN, Schoenbaum EE, and Kaslow RA. Allelic variants of human beta-chemokine receptor 5 (CCR5) promoter: evolutionary relationships and predictable association with HIV-1 disease progression. Genes Immun 1999; 1:20-7.  11197301 
2. Keet IPM, Tang J, Klein MR, LeBlanc S, Enger C, Rivers C, Apple RJ, Mann D, Goedert JJ, Miedema F, and Kaslow RA. Consistent associations of HLA class I and class II and transporter gene products with progression of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection in homosexual men. J Infect Dis 1999; 180:299-309.   10395843 
1. Tang J, Costello C, Keet IPM, Rivers C, LeBlanc S, Karita E, Allen S, and Kaslow RA. HLA class I homozygosity accelerates disease progression in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 1999; 15:317-24.   10082114 

Immunogenetics, Infectious Disease, Pharmacogenetics, Public Health