School of Public Health


BA Qian

Professor, Principal Investigator


Tel: 86-21-63846590

Toxicology and pharmacology research on food and drug resources

Research Areas

  • Focus on food & drug-related chemicals, including pollutants, new materials, and other ingredients, we carry out translational toxicology studies to explore the potential toxicological effects of long-term & low-dose exposure to food-borne hazards, identify the molecular target and mechanisms of action, and establish adverse outcomes pathways.

  • Focus on characteristic food and drug resources in China and their active substances, explore the protective and intervention effects on chronic diseases (tumor, metabolism, aging, etc.), discover food and drug resources and active ingredients with targeted effects, identify novel molecular and cellular targets, and develop novel precision prevention and intervention strategies.


  • Ma X#, Hou M, Liu C, Li J, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Cadmium accelerates bacterial oleic acid production to promote fat accumulation in Caenorhabditis elegans. J Hazard Mater 2022, 421:126723. (*corresponding author) (IF: 10.588)

  • Chen F#, Li J*, Wang H*, Ba Q*. Anti-tumor effects of Chinese medicine compounds by regulating immune cells in microenvironment. Front Oncol 2021, 11:746917. (*corresponding author) (IF: 6.244)

  • Wang Z#, Sun Y#, Yao W*, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Effects of cadmium exposure on the immune system and immunoregulation. Front Immunol 2021, 12:695484. (*corresponding author) (IF: 7.561)

  • Chen P#, Wang Y#, Li J, Bo X, Wang J, Nan L, Wang C, Ba Q*, Liu H*, Wang H*. Diversity and intratumoral heterogeneity in human gallbladder cancer progression revealed by single-cell RNA sequencing. Clin Transl Med 2021, 11:e462. (*corresponding author) (IF: 11.492)

  • Sun M#, Gu P#, Yang Y#, Yu L#, Jiang Z, Li J, Chen Y*, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles inflame tumors to overcome anti-PD-1 resistance through TLR4-NFκB axis. J Immunother Cancer 2021, 9(6):e002508. (*corresponding author) (IF: 13.751)

  • Yang Y#, Sun M#, Li W#, Liu C, Jiang Z, Gu P, Li J, Wang W, You R, Ba Q*, Li X*, Wang H*. Rebalancing TGF-β/Smad7 signaling via Compound kushen injection in hepatic stellate cells protects against liver fibrosis and hepatocarcinogenesis. Clin Transl Med 2021, 11:e410. (*corresponding author) (IF: 11.492)

  • Xu Y#, Mu W#, Li J, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Chronic cadmium exposure at environmental-relevant level accelerates the development of hepatotoxicity to hepatocarcinogenesis. Sci Total Environ 2021, 783:146958. (*corresponding author) (IF: 7.963)

  • Wu C#, Ba Q#, Lu D, Li W, Salovska B, Hou P, Mueller T, Rosenberger G, Gao E, Di Y, Zhou H, Fornasiero EF, Liu Y*. Global and Site-Specific Effect of Phosphorylation on Protein Turnover. Developmental Cell 2021, 56(1):111-24. (#co-first author) (IF: 12.27)

  • Jiang Z#, Mu W, Yang Y, Sun M, Liu Y, Gao Z, Li J, Gu P, Wang H, Lu Y, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Cadmium exacerbates dextran sulfate sodium-induced chronic colitis and impairs intestinal barrier. Sci Total Environ 2020, 744:140844. (*corresponding author) (IF: 7.963)

  • Yang Y#, Sun M, Yao W, Wang F, Li X, Wang W, Li J, Gao Z, Qiu L, You R, Yang C*, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Compound kushen injection relieves tumor-associated macrophage-mediated immunosuppression through TNFR1 and sensitizes hepatocellular carcinoma to sorafenib. J Immunother Cancer 2020, 8(1):e000317. (*corresponding author) (IF: 13.751)

  • Chen P#, Duan X#, Li X, Li J, Ba Q*, Wang H*. HIPK2 suppresses tumor growth and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma through promoting the degradation of HIF-1α. Oncogene 2020, 39(14):2863-76. (*corresponding author) (IF: 9.867)

  • Mu W#, Wang Y#, Huang C, Fu Y, Li J, Wang H, Jia X*, Ba Q*. Effect of long-term intake of dietary titanium dioxide nanoparticles on intestine inflammation in mice. J Agric Food Chem 2019, 67(33):9382-9. (*corresponding author) (IF: 4.192)

  • Li J, Li M, Chen P*, Ba Q*. High expression of PALB2 predicts poor prognosis in patients with advanced breast cancer. FEBS OPEN Bio 2018, 8: 56–63. (*corresponding author) (IF: 1.959)

  • Huang C#, Sun M, Yang Y, Wang F, Ma X, Li J, Y Wang, Ding Q, Ying H, Song H, Wu Y, Y Jiang, Jia X, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles prime a specific activation state of macrophages. Nanotoxicology 2017, 11(6):737-50. (*corresponding author) (IF: 5.811)

  • Ba Q#, Li X, Huang C, Li J, Fu Y, Chen P, Duan J, Hao M, Zhang Y, Li J, Sun C, Ying H, Song H, Zhang R, Shen Z, Wang H*. BCCIPβ modulates the ribosomal and extraribosomal function of S7 through a direct interaction. J Mol Cell Biol 2017, 9(3):209-19. (IF: 5.595)

  • Ba Q#, Li M#, Chen P, Huang C, Duan X, Lu L, Li J, Chu R, Xie D, Song H, Wu Y, Ying H, Jia X*, Wang H*. Sex-dependent effects of cadmium exposure in early life on gut microbiota and fat accumulation in mice. Environ Health Perspect 2017, 125(3):437-44. (IF: 8.44)

  • Chen P#, Duan X#, Li M, Huang C, Li J, Chu R, Ying H, Song H, Jia X, Ba Q*, Wang H*. Topological, functional, and dynamic properties of the protein interaction networks rewired by benzo(a)pyrene. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2016, 310:150-8. (*corresponding author) (IF: 3.791)

  • Ba Q#, Huang C#, Fu Y, Li J, Chu R, Jia X*, Wang H*. Cumulative metabolic effects of low-dose benzo(a)pyrene exposure on human cells. Toxicol Res 2016, 5:107-15. (IF: 1.969)

  • Ba Q#, Li J, Huang C, Qiu H, Li J, Chu R, Zhang W, Xie D, Wu Y*, Wang H*. Effects of benzo[a]pyrene exposure on human hepatocellular carcinoma cell angiogenesis, metastasis, and NF-κB signaling. Environ Health Perspect 2015, 123(3):246–54. (IF: 8.443)

  • Zhang X#, Ba Q#, Gu Z*, Guo D, Zhou Y, Xu Y, Wang H*, Ye D*, Liu H*. Fluorescent coumarin-artemisinin conjugates as mitochondria-targeting theranostic probes for enhanced anticancer activities. Chem Eur J 2015, 21(48):17415-21. (#co-first author) (IF: 5.771)

  • Ba Q#, Li J#, Huang C, Li J, Chu R, Wu Y*, Wang H*. Topological, functional, and dynamic properties of the protein interaction networks rewired by benzo(a)pyrene. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2015, 283(2):83–91. (IF: 3.847)

  • Huang C#, Ba Q#, Yue Q, Li J, Li J, Chu R, Wang H*. Artemisinin rewires the protein interaction network in cancer cells: network analysis, pathway identification, and target prediction. Mol Biosyst 2013, 9(12):3091-100. (*co-first author) (IF: 3.183)

  • Li J#, Ba Q#, Yin J#, Wu S, Zhuan F, Xu S, Li J, Salazar JK, Zhang W, Wang H*. Surface display of recombinant drosophila melanogaster acetylcholinesterase for detection of organic phosphorus and carbamate pesticides. PLoS One 2013, 8(9):e72986. (*co-first author) (IF: 3.534)

  • Ba Q#, Duan J#, Tian J#, Wang Z, Chen T, Li X, Chen P, Wu S, Xiang L, Li J, Chu R, Wang H*. Dihydroartemisinin promotes angiogenesis during the early embryonic development of zebrafish. Acta Pharmacol Sin 2013, 34(8):1101-7. (IF: 2.496)

  • Ba Q#, Zhou N, Duan J, Chen T, Hao M, Yang X, Li J, Yin J, Chu R, Wang H*. Dihydroartemisinin exerts its anticancer activity through depleting cellular iron via transferrin receptor-1. PLoS One 2012, 7(8):e42703. (IF: 3.73)

  • Ba Q#, Hao M#, Huang H#, Hou J, Ge S, Zhang Z, Yin J, Chu R, Jiang H, Wang F, Chen K, Liu H*, Wang H*. Iron deprivation suppresses hepatocellular carcinoma growth in experimental studies. Clin Cancer Res 2011, 17(24):7625-33. (IF: 7.742)

  • Hao M#, Ba Q#, Yin J, Li J, Zhao Y, Wang H*. Deglycosylated ginsenosides are more potent inducers of CYP1Al, CYP1A2 and CYP3A4 expression in HepG2 cells than glycosylated ginsenosides. Drug Metab Pharmacokinet 2011, 26(2):201-5. (*co-first author) (IF: 2.321)