Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Immunology, Biomedical Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Texas at Austin

Research & Scholarship

Recent Publications

Spence A, Purtha W, Tam J, Dong S, Kim Y, Hsin CJ, Sterling T, Nakayama M, Robinson B, Bluestone JA, Anderson M, Tang Q.  Revealing the specificity of regulatory T cells in murine autoimmune diabetes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2018, 115 (20): 5265–70
Klementowicz JE, Mahne A, Spence A, Nguyen V, Satpathy A, Murphy K, Tang Q. Cutting Edge: Origins, Recruitment, and Regulation of CD11c+ Cells in Inflamed Islets of Autoimmune Diabetes Mice. Journal of Immunology 2017, 199 (1): 27–32
Spence A, Tang Q.  Restoring regulatory T cells for treatment of type 1 diabetes. Current Diabetes Reports 2016, 16:110
Spence A, Klementowicz JE, Bluestone JA, Tang Q.  Targeting Treg signaling for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.  Current Opinion in Immunology 2015, 37:11-20

Awards & Recognition


  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco        
  • Travel award for American Association of Immunologists (AAI) annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, University of California, San Francisco
  • Travel award for the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCiS) annual meeting, Chicago, IL, University of California, San Francisco