University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Program Members

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

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Dario A. Vignali, PhD Dario A. Vignali, PhD (Co-Leader)
Email: dvignali@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Regulatory T cells; tumor immunology; cytokine signaling

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

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

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Ira Bergman, MD, PhD Ira Bergman, MD, PhD
Email: ira.bergman@chp.edu
Research Keywords:
Cancer immunotherapy; cancer viral therapy; brain metastases; neuro-oncology; pediatric neurology

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Robert J. Binder, PhD Robert J. Binder, PhD
Email: rjb42@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Antigen cross-presentation; tumor immunology; immunotherapy; heat shock proteins; cancer vaccines

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Lisa Borghesi, PhD Lisa Borghesi, PhD
Email: borghesi@pitt.edu
Research 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, PhD Lisa Butterfield, PhD
Email: butterfieldl@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Immune therapies; viral therapies; cancer vaccines; dendritic cells; immunotherapy; melanoma; hepatocellular carcinoma; alpha-fetoproteins

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Abbe N. de Vallejo, PhD Abbe N. de Vallejo, PhD
Email: abbe.vallejo@chp.edu
Research Keywords:
T-lymphocytes; natural killer cells; immune remodeling; apoptosis; autoimmunity; inflammation; lymphocyte activation; transcription

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Greg Delgoffe, PhD Greg Delgoffe, PhD
Email: delgoffeg@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Cancer immunotherapy; tumor immunology; T cells; antitumor immune response

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Albert D. Donnenberg, PhD Albert D. Donnenberg, PhD
Email: donnenbergad@upmc.edu
Research 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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Olivera J. Finn, PhD Olivera J. Finn, PhD
Email: ojfinn@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Cancer vaccines; tumor-specific immunity

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

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

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

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

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Lawrence P. Kane, PhD Lawrence P. Kane, PhD
Email: lkane@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
T cells; signal transduction; kinases; immunology; mast cells; co-stimulation

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

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

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

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Binfeng Lu, PhD Binfeng Lu, PhD
Email: binfeng@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Tumor immunology

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Kyle McKenna, PhD Kyle McKenna, PhD
Email: mckennakc@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Ocular tumors; uveal melanoma; tumor immune evasion; nitric oxide synthase-2

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark Jay Shlomchik, MD, PHD Mark Jay Shlomchik, MD, PHD
Email: mshlomch@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
B cell development; immunopathogenesis

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

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Walter Storkus, PhD Walter Storkus, PhD
Email: storkuswj@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Tumor biology; cancer vaccines; immunotherapy; gene therapy; dendritic cells; melanoma; renal cell carcinoma

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Paul Szabolcs, MD Paul Szabolcs, MD
Email: paul.szabolcs@chp.edu
Research 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 W. Thomson, PhD, DSc Angus W. Thomson, PhD, DSc
Email: thomsonaw@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Dendritic cells in transplant tolerance

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Nikola L. Vujanovic, MD, PhD Nikola L. Vujanovic, MD, PhD
Email: vujanovicnl@upmc.edu
Research 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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Theresa L. Whiteside, PhD Theresa L. Whiteside, PhD
Email: whitesidetl@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Tumor immunology and immunotherapy

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Herbert J. Zeh III, MD Herbert J. Zeh III, MD
Email: zehh@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Pancreas surgery; surgical oncology

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