• Portrait of Xi Yang
  • Professor 

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    421 Apotex Centre - 750 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0T5

    Phone: 204-789-3304


Research summary

The research program in Yang laboratory focuses on the cellular and molecular basis of immune responses in allergy, chlamydial infection and cancer.

Focus one: to study on hygiene hypothesis related to allergy/asthma.

Focus two: To study of the protective immunity and immunopathology to chlamydial infection. The objective of the study is to dissect the cellular and molecular basis for chlamydial protective immunity and pathology, with a recent focus on the modulating effect of NKT/NK on the function of dendritic cells.

Focus three: To study the role of SND1 in oncogenicity and tumour development, particularly its influence on antigen presentation and T cell activation.


Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Immune regulation

T cell

Dendritic cell




Mouse models

Research themes

Allergy and asthma

Infectious diseases


Research interests

Immune regulation mechanisms of allergy, chlamydia and cancer

Vaccine development

Research groups

American Association of Immunologists

American Society for Microbiology

Canadian Society for Immunology

International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research

Society of Chinese Biological Scientist in American

University of Manitoba Susceptibility and Resistance to Infectious Diseases Research Group

University of Manitoba Immune Regulation of Allergy Research Group



Dr. Xi Yang is an assistant professor in the department of medical microbiology and infectious diseases at the University of Manitoba with a cross-appointment in the department of immunology in 1997. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2000 and to full professor in 2005. He served as the head of the department of immunology 2013-2019.

His research focuses on the immune regulation mechanisms of allergy, infection and cancer. His research has been continuedly supported by multiple CIHR grants.

He received his MRC fellowship in 1994, and his MRC Scholarship in 1997.  He was awarded Canada Research Chair in Infection and Immunity by Canadian government since 2002.

He is a past president of the Association of Chinese Professors in Manitoba.

He has been serving as a panel member in numerous national and international research funding review panels including CIHR, CRC and NIH, and as editor/reviewer for multiple international scientific journals.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Manitoba, 1993

Master of Science (M.Sc.), Shanghai Second Medical University, 1985

Doctor of Medicine (MD), Shandong Medical University, 1982


World Health Organization (WHO) fellowship

Medical Research Council (MRC) fellowship (postdoctoral)

Medical Research Council (MRC) scholarship (junior faculty)

Canada Research Chair in Infection and Immunity

Rh award

Canadian Who's Who


Contact us

Max Rady College of Medicine
Apotex Centre
Room 471, 750 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada