We are studying the use of immune therapies to treat various cancers, including gastrointestinal, breast, and lung cancers and melanoma. These therapies include vaccines based on dendritic cells developed in our laboratory as well as vaccines based on peptides, viral vectors, and DNA plasmids. Our group is also a national leader in the development and use of laboratory assays for demonstrating immunologic responses to cancer vaccines. Finally, we are developing immunotherapies based on adoptive transfer of tumor and viral antigen-specific T cells.
Our current clinical trials include phase I and II studies of immunotherapy for: patients with metastatic malignancies expressing CEA, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, and leukemias following HSCT. My clinical area of expertise is in gastrointestinal oncology, in particular, the treatment of hepatic malignancies, and malignant melanoma.
Key words: dendritic cells, immunotherapy, vaccines, T cells, gastrointestinal oncology, melanoma, hepatoma
Education and Training
- Fellow in Hematology-Oncology, Medicine, Duke University, 1993 - 1996
- Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Washington, 1990 - 1993
- M.D., Yale University, 1990
- Molecular Determinants of Health Disparities in Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- [DP-1111-02CT] A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Open-label, Multicenter Trial to Evaluate Efficacy, Safety and Patient-reported Outcomes of Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) with Lutetium (177Lu) Edotreotide compared to Best Standard
- An Open-Label, Multicenter, Non-Randomized, Dose-Confirmation and Cohort-Expansion Phase 1b Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Anti-Tumor Activity of ATP128, with or without BI 754091, in Patients with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer
- A Phase III Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Multi-centre Study of Durvalumab Monotherapy or in Combination with Bevacizumab as Adjuvant Therapy in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Who Are at High Risk of Recurrence After Curative
- Beyond PD1: An immunotherapeutic strategy to stimulate and enable both T-cell and B-cell responses in immunosuppressive and non-mutated metastatic breast cancer
- Preventing Inflammatory Breast Cancer Metastases by Interrupting Cellular Stress Signaling in Lymphatic Emboli and Circulating Tumor Cell Clusters
- A Randomized, Open-label, Multi-center Phase III Study of Durvalumab and Tremelimumab as First-line Treatment in Patients with Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HIMALAYA)
- A phase I/2 open label study of Nivolumab monotherapy or Nivolmab combined with Ipilmumab in subjects with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.
- Detection and Elimination of Oncogenic Signaling Networks in Pre-malignant and Malignant Cells with Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Developing a HER3 Vaccine to Prevent Resistance to Endocrine Therapy
- Translational Research in Surgical Oncology
- Characterization of Tumor Immunobiological Factors that Promote Lymphovascular Invasion and Dissemination in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer