University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Program Members

Robert L. Ferris Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, FACS (Co-Leader)
Email: ferrisrl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Antigen presentation; cancer vaccines; CXC chemokines; immunotherapy; squamous cell carcinoma; head and neck neoplasms

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Olivera Finn Olivera Finn, PhD (Co-Leader)
Email: ojfinn@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Cancer vaccines; tumor-specific immunity

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Simon Barrett-Boyes Simon Barratt-Boyes, PhD, BVSc
Email: smbb@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Dendritic cell dynamics in viral infections; vector-based vaccines for viral infections

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David Bartlett David Bartlett, MD
Email: bartlettdl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Viral therapy; GI cancers; surgical oncology

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Per Basse Per Basse, MD, PhD, DMSci
Email: basse@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Natural killer cells; immunotherapy; metastasis

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Ira Bergman Ira Bergman, MD
Email: Ira.Bergman@chp.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biological, gene, immune, and viral therapies

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Robert Binder Robert Binder, PhD
Email: rjb42@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biological, gene, immune, and viral therapies; heat-shock proteins; alpha-macroglobulins; molecular chaperones; antigen presentation; cell surface receptors, peptides; antigens; antigen-presenting cells; immunity; cancer vaccines; immunotherapy; immunologic adjuvants

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Lisa Borghesi Lisa Borghesi, PhD
Email: borghesi@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Stem cell biology; transcription factor E47 as an essential regulator of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal and lineage fate determination

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Lisa Butterfield Lisa Butterfield, PhD
Email: butterfieldl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biological, gene, immune, and viral therapies; cancer vaccines; dendritic cells; immunotherapy; melanoma; hepatocellular carcinoma; alpha-fetoproteins

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Abbe de Vallejo Abbe de Vallejo, PhD
Email: vallaj@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
T-lymphocytes; natural killer cells; immune remodeling; apoptosis; autoimmunity; inflammation; lymphocyte activation; transcription

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Albert Donnenberg Albert Donnenberg, PhD
Email: donnenbergad@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; bone marrow- and peripheral blood-derived stem and progenitor cells for regenerative therapy; cancer stem-cell hypothesis; technological advances in flow cytometry

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Sarah Gaffen Sarah Gaffen, PhD
Email: sig65@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
IL-17-mediated signaling; oral mucosa; autoimmune disease

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Robert Hendricks Robert Hendricks, PhD
Email: hendricksrr@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Immune response to herpes simplex virus type 1

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Jing-Zhou Hou Jing-Zhou Hou, MD, PhD
Email: houj@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Hematologic malignancies

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Pawel Kalinski Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD
Email: kalinskip@msx.upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Therapeutic vaccines against cancer; dendritic cells in immunity

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Lawrence Kane Lawrence Kane, PhD
Email: lkane@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Role of TIM-1 in T cell activation and differentiation; role of TIM-3 in T cells and dendritic cells; activation of NF-kB by the Akt kinase

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Fadi Lakkis Fadi Lakkis, MD
Email: lakkisf@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Innate immunity; immunologic memory; T lymphocytes; cytokines; transplantation immunology; graft rejection

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Adriana Larregina Adriana Larregina, MD, PhD
Email: adrianal@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Genetic vaccines; immuno-dermatology

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Michael Lotze Michael Lotze, MD
Email: lotzemt@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tumor immunology; dendritic cells

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Binfeng Lu Binfeng Lu, MD, MS
Email: binfeng@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tumor immunology

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Kyle McKenna Kyle McKenna, PhD
Email: mckennakc@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Immune evasion by ocular tumors; nanoparticles as OCT contrast agent

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Christine Milcarek Christine Milcarek, PhD
Email: milcarek@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
B-lymphocytes; immunoglobulins; post-transcriptional mRNA processing

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Penelope Morel Penelope Morel, MD
Email: morel@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Computational and mathematical models of immune responses; dendritic cells; human NK cells

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Hannah Rabinowich Hannah Rabinowich, PhD
Email: rabinow@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Apoptosis; signal transduction

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Anuradha Ray Anuradha Ray, PhD
Email: raya@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Dendritic cell-T cell interactions; allergic airway inflammation/asthma and tolerance

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Russel Salter Russel Salter, PhD
Email: rds@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Dendritic cells; antigen presentation

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Mark Shlomchik Mark Shlomchik, MD, PhD
Email: mshlomch@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
B cell development; immunopathogenesis

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Michael Shurin Michael Shurin, MD
Email: shurinmr@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tumor-induced immunomodulation; dendritic cells; cancer immunotherapy; psychoneuroendocrine factors of immunosuppression in cancer

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Walter Storkus Walter Storkus, PhD
Email: storkuswj@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tumor immunology; dendritic cells and cancer; characterization of tumor-associated antigens; cancer vaccines

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Paul Szabolcs Paul Szabolcs, MD
Email: paul.szabolcs@chp.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Immune reconstitution, tolerance, and alloreactivity after cord blood and bone marrow transplantation; immunotherapeutic strategies to prevent or treat leukemia relapse after cord blood transplantation

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Angus Thomson Angus Thomson, PhD, DSc
Email: thomsonaw@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Dendritic cells in transplant tolerance

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Nikola Vujanovic Nikola Vujanovic, MD, PhD
Email: vujanovicnl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Mechanisms of cytotoxicity mediated by immune effector cells and their role in anticancer host defense; TNF family ligands and receptors

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Simon Watkins Simon Watkins, PhD
Email: swatkins@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Cellular organization; cell-cell communications; cell imaging

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Theresa Whiteside Theresa Whiteside, PhD
Email: whitesidetl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tumor immunology and immunotherapy

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Herbert Zeh Herbert Zeh, MD
Email: zehxhx@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Pancreas surgery; surgical oncology

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