Jianmei Wu Leavenworth, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest:
cancer immunotherapy, malignant tumors, glioma

Dr. Leavenworth joined UAB Neurosurgery as an Assistant Professor on Oct. 1, 2016. Previously, Dr. Leavenworth was at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University. Her main research interest is to understand the mechanisms of self-tolerance, focusing on molecular and cellular elements that regulate effector and regulatory cell subsets of the immune response. Her long-term goal is to seek effective strategies for cancer immunotherapy using mouse models and specimens from patients with malignant tumors, including gliomas. Dr. Leavenworth completed medical school at Nantong University (NTU) School of Medicine, Nantong, Jiangsu, China. She then finished her PhD training in molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry with a focus on immunology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She was at Harvard Medical School since 2009 serving as a research fellow (Postdoc) and then as an instructor.

Current Members

Luo Lin, PhD

In 2015 Lin Luo graduated from Zhejiang University with a medical doctor’s degree in pharmacology. From 2011 to 2017, Lin Luo worked as an associate professor in department of pharmacology at Nantong University. Starting January 2018, she will work as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Leavenworth’s lab. Her major scientific interest is the inner regulatory mechanisms of immune system. She is now participating research projects related to NK cells in Dr. Leavenworth’s lab and hopes to improve immunotherapy against tumors.

Michael Dixon

In Spring 2014, Michael graduated with a Bachelors degree in molecular biology from UAB. In pursuit of further training, he began his graduate studies in the cancer biology theme at UAB. After developing a passion for targeting tumor cells via immunological approaches, he switched to the immunology theme and pursued efforts that would allow him to combine the knowledge gained from both fields. After working with various immunologists and cancer biologists, Michael joined the lab of Dr. Leavenworth where he studies the role of follicular T-cells and their impact in tumor progression.

Jeffery Grimes, M.S.

In Summer 2009, Jeff graduated with a Bachelors degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from UCF. He then worked for Dr. Dmitry Kolpashchikov as a Research Assistant for several years before deciding to pursue further training, he began his graduate studies by getting a MS in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Following that he worked in industry for several years before deciding to pursue his PhD in the Microbiology theme at UAB. After working with various immunologists, Jeff joined the lab of Dr. Leavenworth where he studies the role of CD4 T-cell subsets in the regulation of glioma progression.


Jie Yin, Ph.D.

Xianzen (Jane) Hu, M.S.

Baolong Yan, PhD: Visiting Scientist

Katie Valin, Researcher II