Location: 5.018V - MED


Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

Tumanov, Alexei V., M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Personal Statement:

Dr. Alexei Tumanov’s research focuses on the regulation of mucosal immunity and cancer. We investigate how the immune system regulates the delicate balance between protective immunity and immunopathology at mucosal surfaces, particularly in the gut. The goal of Dr. Tumanov`s research program is to combine molecular data with in vivo models to understand the mechanisms underlying homeostatic and pathological conditions for the development of effective immunotherapies.

Dr. Tumanov graduated from Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia. He did his PhD work in the laboratory of Dr. Sergei Nedospasov at the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow, in collaboration with several laboratories in Europe and US, including NCI-Frederick (NIH),  the Jackson Laboratory (Dr. Chervonsky`s lab), Institute of Experimental Immunology, Zurich (Dr. Zinkernagel`s lab). In 2004, Alexei joined laboratory of Dr. Yang-Xin Fu at the University of Chicago, Department of Pathology for postdoctoral training. In 2011, Alexei started his research lab at Trudeau Institute, NY. Dr. Tumanov was recruited to the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics as an Associate Professor in Fall 2016.


M.D., Russian State Medical University, Moscow
“Oncoimmunology” Educational Program in Immunology and Cancer Biology, Cancer Research Institute and Moscow State University (
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow


We are interested in the regulation of mucosal immunity and cancer. Our main research is centered on understanding the biology of lymphotoxin (LT), member of tumor necrosis factor superfamily of cytokines. Although LT and its receptor, LTβR are known as key regulators of lymphoid organ development and maintenance, recent studies revealed the critical role of LT in protection against several mucosal pathogens and in regulation of intestinal inflammation. To understand the role of LT signaling in disease, we generated various mouse strains with genetically modified components of LT pathway. Specific ongoing projects include:


1) Understanding the role of lymphotoxin (LT) in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.

 Our recent studies reveal the critical role of LT in the regulation of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) in the gut. ILCs are heterogeneous cell population which play key roles in the regulation of inflammation and immunity at mucosal surfaces, particularly in gastrointestinal tract. Despite recent advances in dissecting the roles of different ILC populations in intestinal homeostasis, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of protective versus pathogenic responses mediated by distinct populations of ILCs in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) remain poorly understood, which limits the development of novel therapies. The goal of this project is to elucidate how LTβR signaling regulates intestinal inflammation in IBD and colitis-associated cancer, the major fatal complication for patients with IBD. We are also developing nanomaterial-based therapeutic approaches in intestinal injury.




2) Investigating the role of innate lymphoid cells in Campylobacter-induced colitis.

Campylobacter jejuni is a common human enteric pathogen that causes acute enterocolitis and increases the risk of developing long-term intestinal dysfunction. Our data suggest that innate immune mechanisms contribute to intestinal pathology in C. jejuni-induced colitis. We investigate how distinct populations of ILCs regulate intestinal inflammation in C. jejuni-induced colitis.


3) Immune control of chronic pain.

Chronic pain is a significant health problem that has led to an epidemic of opioid analgesic overuse and overdose. Persistent inflammation is associated with chronic pain, however the cellular and molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. The goal of this project is to define immune mechanisms controlling inflammatory- and chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain.


4) Tumor immunotherapy.

Novel immunotherapies for cancer are having major clinical impact. However, accompanying immune-mediated adverse reactions, such as liver toxicity, remain the major obstacle of these therapies. The goal of this project is to improve effectiveness of cancer therapy by targeting LTβR pathway in the liver.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 1999    Research Training Fellowship of International Agency for Research on Cancer
  • 2001    Outstanding Scholar Award. International Cytokine Society
  • 2002    International Union Against Cancer (IUCC), Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowship
  • 2004    Grant from Russian Foundation for Basic Research
  • 2007    AAI and Keystone Conference Junior Faculty Travel Awards
  • 2007    Scientist Development Grant, American Heart Association
  • 2008    Pilot and Feasibility Award, University of Chicago Digestive Diseases Research Center
  • 2010    Career Development Award, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • 2012    CCFA Shanthi Sitaraman Memorial Young IBD Investigator Award
  • 2013    Junior Faculty Travel Award, 14th International TNF Conference
  • 2014    Biomedical Research Grant, American Lung Association
  • 2014    Senior Research Award, Cohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • 2017    The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund Investigator Award
  • 2018    Peter Bradley Carlson Trust Award

Lab Members

Ekaterina Koroleva, Assistant Professor/Research
Amanda Munoz, Postdoctoral Fellow
Sergey Shein, Visiting Scientist
Ana Korchagina, Visiting Scientist
Jing Xi, M.D. Student
Shou Yajun, M.D. Student


Complete list of publications

Koroleva E.P., Fu Y.X., Tumanov A.V. Lymphotoxin in physiology of lymphoid tissues – Implication for antiviral defense. Cytokine. 101:39-47, 2018.

James K.D., Cosway E.J., Lucas B., White A.J., Parnell S.M., Carvalho-Gaspar M., Tumanov A.V., Anderson G., Jenkinson W.E. Endothelial cells act as gatekeepers for LTβR-dependent thymocyte emigration. J Exp Med, Nov 13. doi: 10.1084/jem.20181345, 2018.

Giles D.A., Zahner S., Krause P., van der Gracht E., Riffelmacher T., Morris V., Tumanov A.V., Kronenberg M. The tumor necrosis factor superfamily members TNFSF14 (LIGHT), lymphotoxin β and lymphotoxin β receptor interact to regulate intestinal inflammation. Front Immunol, doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02585, 2018.

Gubernatorova E.O., Gorshkova E.A. Namakanova O.A., Zvartsev R.V., Hidalgo K, Drutskaya M.S., Tumanov A.V., Nedospasov S.A. Non-redundant functions of IL-6 produced by macrophages and dendritic cells in allergic airway inflammation. Front Immunol. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02718, 2018.

Bakshi S.F., Guz N., Zakharchenko A., Deng H., Tumanov A.V., Woodworth C.D., Minko S., Kolpashchikov D.M., Katz E. Nanoreactors based on DNAzyme-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles activated by magnetic field. Nanoscale. 0(3):1356-1365, 2018.

Behnke K., Zhuang Y., Xu H.C., Sundaram B., Reich M., Shinde P.V., Huang J., Modares N.F., Tumanov A.V., Polz R., Scheller J., Ware C.F., Pfeffer K., Keitel V, Häussinger D., Pandyra A.A., Lang K.S., Lang P.A. B cell-mediated maintenance of CD169+ cells is critical for liver regeneration. Hepatology. May 9. doi: 10.1002/hep.30088, 2018.

Gubernatorova E.O., Liu X, Othman A., Muraoka W.T, Koroleva E.P., Andreescu S., Tumanov A.V. Europium-doped cerium oxide nanoparticles limit reactive oxygen species formation and ameliorate intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury. Adv Healthcare Materials, May 8. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201700176, 2017.

Schaeuble K, Britschgi M.R., Scarpellino L., Favre S., Xu Y., Koroleva E., Lissandrin T.K.A., Link A., Matloubian M., Ware C.F., Nedospasov S.A., Tumanov A.V., Cyster J.G., Luther S.A. Perivascular fibroblasts of the developing spleen act as LTα1β2-dependent precursors of both T and B zone organizer cells. Cell Rep. Nov 28, 21(9):2500-2514, 2017.

Cosway, E.J., Lucas B., James K.D., Parnell S.M., Carvalho-Gaspar M., White A.J., Tumanov A.V., Jenkinson W.E., Anderson G. Redefining thymus medulla specialization for central tolerance. J Exp Med. Nov 6, 214(11):3183-3195, 2017.

Bakshi S.F., Guz N., Zakharchenko A., Deng H., Tumanov A.V., Woodworth C.D., Minko S., Kolpashchikov D.M., Katz E. Magnetic field-activated sensing of mRNA in living cells. J Am Chem Soc. Sep 6, 139(35):12117-12120, 2017.

Zhang Y., Kim T-J, Wroblewska J.A., Tesic V., Upadhyay V, Weichselbaum R.R., Tumanov A.V., Tang H., Guo X., Tang H., Fu Y-X. ILC3-derived lymphotoxin prevents microbiota-dependent inflammation. Cell Mol Immunol, Jun 5. doi: 10.1038/cmi.2017.25, 2017.

Gubernatorova E.O. Tumanov A.V. Tumor necrosis factor and lymphotoxin in regulation of intestinal inflammation. Biochemistry (Mosc). 81 (11), 1309-1325, 2016.

Lymphotoxin β receptor controls T cell progenitor entry to the thymus. Lucas B, James K.D., Cosway E.J., Parnell S.M., Tumanov A.V., Ware C.F., Jenkinson W.E., Anderson G. J Immunol. 197(7):2665-72, 2016.

Gubernatorova E.O., Koroleva E.P., Halperin S., Perez-Chanona E., Jobin C., Tumanov A.V. Murine model of intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury. J Vis Exp, May 11;(111). doi: 10.3791/53881, 2016.

Shaabani N., Khairnar V., Honke N., Duhan V., Zhou F., Tur R.F., Häussinger D., Recher M., Tumanov A.V., Hardt C., Pinschewer D., Chrisiten U., Lang P.A., Lang K.S.. Two separate mechanisms of enforced viral replication balance innate and adaptive immune activation. J Autoimmun. Feb, 67:82-9, 2016.

Macho-Fernandez E., Koroleva E.P., Spencer C.M., Tighe M., Torrado E., Cooper A.M, Fu Y-X, Tumanov A.V. Lymphotoxin beta receptor signaling limits mucosal damage through driving IL-23 production by epithelial cells. Mucosal Immunol, Mar, 8(2):403-13, 2015.

Koroleva E.P., Halperin S., Gubernatorova E.O., Spencer C.M, Tumanov A.V. Citrobacter rodentium- induced colitis: a robust model to study mucosal immune responses in the gut. J Immunol Methods. 421:61-72, 2015.

Wolf M.J., Adili A., Piotrowitz K., Abdullah Z., Boege Y., Stemmer K., Ringelhan M., Simonavicius N., Egger M., Wohlleber D., Lorentzen A., Einer C., Schulz S., Clavel T., Protzer U., Thiele C., Zischka H., Moch H., Tschöp M., Tumanov A.V, Haller D., Unger K., Karin M., Kopf M., Knolle P., Weber A., Heikenwalder M. Metabolic activation of intrahepatic CD8(+) T Cells and NKT cells causes nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and liver cancer via cross-talk with hepatocytes. Cancer Cell, Oct 13;26(4):549-64, 2014.

Kruglov A.A., Grivennikov S.I., Kuprash D.V., Winsauer C., Prepens S., Seleznik G. M., Heikenwalder M., Eberl G., Littman D.R., Tumanov A.V., Nedospasov S.A. Non-redundant function of soluble LTα3 produced by innate lymphoid cells in intestinal homeostasis. Science, 342(6163):1243-6, 2013.

Upadhyay  V., Poroyko  V., Kim T.J., Devkota S., Fu S., Liu D., Tumanov A.V., Koroleva E.P., Deng L., Nagler C., E. B. Chang, H. Tang, Y. X. Fu. Lymphotoxin regulates commensal responses to enable diet-induced obesity. Nat Immunol., 13(10): 947-53, 2012.

Moseman E. A., Iannacone M., Bosurgi L., Tonti E., Chevrier N., Tumanov A., Fu Y-X, N. Hacohen, von Andrian, U.H. 2012. B cell maintenance of subcapsular sinus macrophages protects against a fatal viral infection independent of adaptive Immunity. Immunity, 36(3):415-26, 2012.

Tumanov A.V., Koroleva E.P., Guo X., Wang Y., Kruglov A., Nedospasov S, Fu Y.X. Lymphotoxin controls the IL-22 protection pathway in gut innate lymphoid cells during mucosal pathogen challenge. Cell Host Microbe, 10(1):44-53, 2011.

Wang Y., Koroleva E.P., Kruglov A.A., Kuprash D.V., Nedospasov S.A., Fu Y-X, Tumanov A.V. Lymphotoxin beta receptor signaling in intestinal epithelial cells orchestrates innate immune responses against mucosal bacterial infection. Immunity, 32(3): 403-13, 2010.

Chen L., Park S-M., Tumanov A.V., Hau A., Sawada K., Feig C., Turner J.R., Fu Y-X., Romero I., Lengyel E., Peter M.E.  CD95/FAS promotes tumor growth. Nature, 465(7297):492-6, 2010.

Tumanov A. V., Grivennikov S.I., Kruglov A.A., Shebzukhov Y.V., Koroleva E.P., Piao Y., Cui X-Y., Littman D.R., Kuprash D.V. Nedospasov S.A. Cellular source and molecular form of TNF specify its distinct functions in organization of secondary lymphoid organs. Blood, 116 (18):3456-64, 2010.

Tumanov A.V.,  Koroleva E.P., Christiansen P.A., Khan M.A., Ruddy M.J.,  Burnette B., Papa S., Franzoso G., Nedospasov S., Fu Y-X., Anders R.A. T cell derived lymphotoxin regulates liver regeneration. Gastroenterology, 136(2):694-704, 2009.

Tumanov A.V., Christiansen P.A., Fu Y-X. The role of lymphotoxin receptor signaling in diseases. Current Mol. Medicine, 7: 567-578, 2007.

Lo J.C.*, Wang Y.*, Tumanov A.V.*, Bamji M., Yao Z., Reardon C.A., Getz G.S., Fu Y-X. Lymphotoxin beta receptor-dependent control of lipid homeostasis. Science, 316(5822):285-8, 2007. * Contribute equally

Junt, T., Tumanov, A.V., Harris, N.,  Heikenwalder, M., Zeller N.,, Kuprash D.K., Aguzzi A., Ludewig, B., Nedospasov, S.A., Zinkernagel, R.M. Expression of lymphotoxin beta governs immunity at two distinct levels. Eur J Immunol. 36(8):2061-75, 2006.

Grivennikov, S.I. *, Tumanov, A.V.*, Liepinsh, D. J., Kruglov, A.A., Marakusha, B.I., Shakhov, A.N.,  Murakami, T.,  Drutskaya, L.N.,  Förster, I., Clausen, B.E., Tessarollo, L., Ryffel, Bernhard,  Kuprash, D.V., Nedospasov, S.A.: Distinct and non-redundant in vivo functions of TNF produced by T cells and macrophages/neutrophils: protective and deleterious effects. Immunity, 22 (1): 93-104, 2005. *Contribute equally

Tumanov, A.V, Kuprash, D.V, Mach, J.A, Nedospasov, S.A, Chervonsky, A.V. Lymphotoxin and TNF produced by B cells are dispensable for maintenance of the follicle-associated epithelium but are required for development of lymphoid follicles in the Peyer’s patches. J Immunol. 173: 86-91, 2004.

Tumanov, A. V., Grivennikov, S. I., Shakhov, A. N., Rybtsov, S. A., Koroleva, E. P., Takeda, J., Nedospasov, S. A., and Kuprash, D. V.: Dissecting the role of lymphotoxin in lymphoid organs by conditional targeting. Immunol Rev. 195: 106-116, 2003.

Tumanov, A. V., Kuprash, D. V., Grivennikov, S. I., Lagarkova, M. A., Abe, K., Shakhov, A. N., Drutskaya, L. N., Stewart, C. L., Chervonsky, A. V., and Nedospasov, S. A.: Distinct role of surface lymphotoxin expressed by B cells in the organization of secondary lymphoid tissues. Immunity. 17: 239-250, 2002.