Pengnian Charles Lin, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

Laboratory of Cancer Immunometabolism


Building 560, Room 12-89
Frederick, MD 21702-1201


Research Topics

Vascular biology plays a vital role in the progression of many debilitating diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Vascular disease is the most common cause of death and disability in Western societies. Understanding the vascular system is critical in the war against these diseases. Research in Dr. Lin's laboratory centers on the mechanisms that govern blood vessel formation and vascular homeostasis. Vascular networks form to satisfy the metabolic demands of tissue growth during development. When we reach adulthood, the vascular endothelium becomes quiescent. However, under disease conditions, this delicate balance is disturbed and endothelium is reactivated.

What distinguishes physiological angiogenesis during normal growth from pathological angiogenesis in diseases is an important question, which has major implications in therapeutic interventions. We believe a major difference is inflammation. We further hypothesize that tissue injury/insult leads to inflammation, which triggers pathological angiogenesis. To this end, we are focusing on the interaction between inflammation and pathological angiogenesis, which offer the potential to preferentially target angiogenesis in disease conditions and spare normal blood vessels. Research in the lab combines genetic and biochemical approaches, in vitro, three-dimensional organotypic culture and animal models as well as non-invasive imaging technology, to dissect the molecular mechanisms of vascular formation and homeostasis during disease progression.


Dr. P. Charles Lin received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology (1988) at the Peking Union Medical College, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China. In 1992, he joined the Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center as a Research Associate. In 1999, Dr. Lin was appointed Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 2005, he became Associate Professor with Tenure at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Department of Cancer Biology, and Department of Cell & Development Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Lin established the Vascular Biology Section at the Center for Cancer Research in August, 2010.

Selected Publications

  1. Zhou W, Fong MY, Min Y, Somlo G, Liu L, Palomares MR, Yu Y, Chow A, O'Connor ST, Chin AR, Yen Y, Wang Y, Marcusson EG, Chu P, Wu J, Wu X, Li AX, Li Z, Gao H, Ren X, Boldin MP, Lin PC, Wang SE. Cancer-secreted miR-105 destroys vascular endothelial barriers to promote metastasis. Cancer Cell. 2014;25(4):501-15.

  2. Schietinger A, Arina A, Liu RB, Wells S, Huang J, Engels B, Bindokas V, Bartkowiak T, Lee D, Herrmann A, Piston DW, Pittet MJ, Lin PC, Zal T, Schreiber H. Longitudinal confocal microscopy imaging of solid tumor destruction following adoptive T cell transfer. Oncoimmunology. 2013;2(11):e26677.

  3. Qu P, Boelte KC, Lin PC. Negative regulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells in cancer. Immunol Invest. 2012;41(6-7):562-80.

  4. Sun J, Gao Y, Isaacs RJ, Boelte KC, Lin PC, Boczko EM, Li D. Simultaneous on-chip DC dielectrophoretic cell separation and quantitative separation performance characterization. Anal Chem. 2012;84(4):2017-24.

  5. Gao Y, Majumdar D, Jovanovic B, Shaifer C, Lin PC, Zijlstra A, Webb DJ, Li D. A versatile valve-enabled microfluidic cell co-culture platform and demonstration of its applications to neurobiology and cancer biology. Biomed Microdevices. 2011;13(3):539-48.

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