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De-chu Christopher Tang

De-chu Christopher Tang

International Vaccine Institute, Korea

International Vaccine Institute


Dr. De-chu C. Tang is a Korean Brain Pool Program Scientist and the Scientific Founder of Vaxin Inc. He obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Indiana University in 1989. He carried out his postdoctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine, Duke University, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994; subsequently founded Vaxin Inc. on UAB campus in 1997; and was responsible for Vaxin’s daily operation as the Chief Scientific Officer until 2012. Dr. Tang was one of the pioneers during the development of DNA vaccines, noninvasive skin patch vaccines, adenovirus-vectored influenza and anthrax vaccines, adenovirus-vectored poultry vaccines, as well as the drug-vaccine duo platform technology. He received the Wallace H. Coulter Award for innovation and entrepreneurship in 2000; Vaxin Inc. was selected as a Tech Museum Awards Laureate in 2007; Dr. Tang was selected as a distinguished overseas scientist by the Korean Brain Pool Program in 2012 and subsequently recruited to Chung-Ang University and International Vaccine Institute in Seoul as a Scientist


His special interests include treatment of the common cold, prophylaxis and treatment of infections in transplant recipients, and hepatitis C virus epidemiology.