Shyr-te Ju, an immunology researcher in the University of Virginia School of Medicine, died in Charlottesville Sept. 25. He was 65.
Ju, who joined the departments of Medicine and Microbiology in 2002, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees of science from the National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1977. Before coming to U.Va., he was an assistant professor in the pathology department at Harvard Medical School and then moved to Boston University’s School of Medicine, where he was an associate professor and later promoted to professor.
Ju made numerous contributions to cellular and molecular immunology, especially in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. He was a researcher in the Health System’s Emily Couric Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. He was awarded an Excellence in Research Award by the Department of Medicine.
A research award was established in Ju’s honor about five years ago. It is given annually at the Department of Medicine’s Annual Research Day for the best poster on immunology research.
Ju published 140 papers in scientific journals, including one publication that was cited more than 1,200 times, earning him recognition as an inaugural member of the School of Medicine’s “MilliPub Club.” He belonged to several scientific organizations and was a member of both federal and non-federal review panels. In addition, he served on several editorial boards.