Assistant Professor


PhD: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Peking University (Beijing, China), 2005-2011
BS: Biological Sciences, Shandong University (Jinan, China), 2001-2005


Cells communicate with their environments as well as with one another through cell signaling, which is critical for the survival of organisms. Cells have evolved numerous signaling mechanisms for the transmission of biological information. We aim to understand the logic of cell signaling across membrane using multidisciplinary approaches including biochemical reconstitution, cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, cell biology, and molecular pharmacology. In particular, we are interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of signaling protein assembly and regulation in inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases.

Fu Lab


Pan, L.*, Fu, T.M.*, Zhao, W.*, Zhao, L.*, Chen, W., Qiu, C., Liu, W., Liu, Z., Piai, A., Fu, Q., Chen, S., Wu, H., Zhou, J. 2019. Higher-order clustering of the transmembrane anchor of DR5 drives signaling. Cell, 176 (6): 1477-89 (*Co-first author)

Wang, L.*, Fu, T.M.*#, Zhou, Y., Xia, S., Greka, A., Wu, H.# 2018. Structures and gating of human TRPM2. Science, 362, eaav4809 (*Co-first author; #Co-corresponding author)

Li, Y.R., Chen, M., Lee, D.J., Zhang, J., Lin, S.Y., Fu, T.M., Ishikawa, T., Monteleone, E., Papa, A., Chiang, S.Y., Chen, H., Hsu, C.H., Katon, J., Menon, A.V., Fung, J., Berry, K., Wan, L., Shen, C., Teruya-Feldstein, J., Wu, H., Shi, Y., Matesic, L., Chen, R., Wei, W., Pandolfi, P.P. 2019. Reactivation of the PTEN tumor suppressor for cancer prevention and treatment. Science, 364, eaau0159.

Shen, C., Lu, A., Xie, W., Ruan, J., Negro, R., Fu, T.M. #, Wu, H. # 2019. Molecular mechanism of NLRP6 inflammasome assembly and activation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 116 (6): 2052-57 (#Co-corresponding author)

Li, Y.*, Fu, T.M.*#, Lu, A., Witt, K., Ruan, J., Shen, C., Wu, H.# 2018. Cryo-EM structures of ASC and NLRC4 CARD filaments reveal a unified mechanism of nucleation and activation of caspase-1. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 115 (43):10845-52 (*Co-first author; #Co-corresponding author) 

Luong, P., Hedl, M., Yan, J., Zuo, T., Fu, T.M., Jiang, X., Thiagarajah, J., Hansen, S.H., Lesser, C.F., Wu, H., Abraham, C., Lencer, W.T. 2018. INAVA-ARNO complexes bridge mucosal barrier function with inflammatory signaling. eLife, 7: e38539

Xia, S., Fu, T.M., Wu, H. 2018. Inflammation NODs to Antagonists of RIP2-XIAP interaction. Mol. Cell, 69(4):535-36.

Liu, P., Gan, W., Su, S., Hauenstein AV., Fu, T.M., Brasher, B., Schwerdtfefer C., Liang, A.C., Xu, M., Wei, W. 2018. K63-linked polyubiquitin chains bind to DNA to facilitate DNA damage repair. Sci. Signal., 11(533): 1-12

Fu, T.M., Shen, C., Li, Q., Zhang, P., Wu, H. 2018. Mechanism of ubiquitin transfer promoted by the TRAF6 RING Dimer. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 115(8): 1783-88.

Fu, T.M., Wang, L., Wu, H. 2017. Higher-order assemblies: Structure, Assembly, and Mechanism. Protein Folding: Principles, Disease, and Medicine. Book chapter In Press

Fu, T.M., Li, Y., Lu, A., Li, Z., Vajjhala, P.R., Cruz, A.C., Srivastava, D.B., DiMiao, F., Penczek, P.A., Siegel, R.M., Stacey, K.J., Egelman, E.H., Wu, H. 2016. Cryo-EM structure of Caspase-8 tandem DED filament reveals assembly and regulation mechanisms of the death-inducing signaling complex. Mol. Cell, 64: 236-50. (Feature Article of the Issue) 

Fu, Q.*, Fu, T.M.*, Cruze, A., Richardson, T., Wu, H., Zhou, J. 2016. Structural basis and functional role of intramembrane trimerization of the Fas/CD95 death receptor. Mol. Cell, 61: 602-613 (*co-first author)

Lu, A., Li, Y., Schmidt, F., Yin, Q., Chen, S., Fu, T.M., Tong, A.B., Ploegh, HL., Mao, Y., Wu, H. 2016. Molecular basis of Caspase-1 polymerization and its inhibition by a new capping mechanism. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol., 23: 416-423.

Ru, H., Chambers, M.G., Fu, T.M., Tong, A.B., Liao, M., Wu, H. 2015. Molecular mechanism of V(D)J recombination from synaptic RAG1-RAG2 complex structures. Cell, 163: 1138-1152

Yin, Q. *, Fu, T.M. *, Li, J., Wu, H. 2015. Structural biology of innate immunity. Annual. Rev. Immunol., 33:393-416. (*co-first author)

Lu, A., Kabaleeswaran, V., Fu, T.M., Magupalli, VG, Wu, H. 2014. Crystal structure of the F27G AIM2 PYD mutant and similarities of its self-association to DED/DED interactions. J. Mol.  Biol., 426: 1420-7

Li, D. *, Fu, T.M. *, Nan, J., Liu, C., Li, L.F., Su, X.D. 2012. Structural basis for the autoinhibition of the C-terminal kinase domain of human RSK1. Acta Crystallogr. Sec. D Biol Cryst., 68:680-5 (*co-first author)

Fu, T.M., Almqvist, J., Liang, Y.H., Li, L., Huang, Y., Su, X.D. 2011. Crystal structures of cobalamin-independent methionine synthase (MetE) from Streptococcus mutans : a dynamic zinc-inversion model. J. Mol. Biol., 412: 688-697.

Feng, MJ, Fu, T.M., Liu, X., Li, L. 2011. Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of SMU.1108c protein from Streptococcus mutans. Acta Crystallogr. Sec. F Struct Biol Cryst Commun, 67:76-78. 

Fu, T.M., Liu, X., Li, L., Su, X.D. 2011. The structure of the hypothetical protein smu.1377c from Streptococcus mutans suggests a role in tRNA modification. Acta Crystallogr. Sec. F Struct Biol Cryst Commun, 66:771-775. 

Fu, T.M., Li, D., Nan, J., Li, L., Xue, Y., Su, X.D. 2007. Protein preparation, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the C-terminal kinase domain of human Rsk1 serine/threonine protein kinase. Acta Crystallogr. Sec. F Struct Biol Cryst Commun, 63:1026-1028. 

Fu, T.M., Zhang, X.Y., Li, L., Liang, Y.H., Su, X.D. 2006. Preparation, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of methionine synthase (MetE) from Streptococcus mutans. Acta Crystallogr. Sec. F Struct Biol Cryst Commun, 62:984-985.