University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Lawrence Fong, MD

Lawrence Fong, MD

Leader, Cancer Immunotherapy Program, Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Efim Guzik Distinguished Professor in Cancer Biology

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Immunology

Research Summary

I have focused on cancer immunotherapy throughout my career. After completing Oncology Fellowship at Stanford, I complete post-doctoral training with Drs. Ed Engleman and Mark Davis focused on tumor immunology. I then began my independent research program at UCSF and have continued to focus on how the immune system interacts with cancer as well as developing tumor immunotherapies in both mouse models and in patients. We described the immunogenicity of prostate acid phosphatase (PAP), which is the target antigen for sipuleucel-T, now an FDA-approved immunotherapy for prostate cancer. We were also involved with the first-in-man clinical trials with ipilimumab, an anti-CTLA4 antibody that is now FDA approved for melanoma. We continue to investigate how immunotherapies such as immune checkpoint inhibitors and cancer vaccines can enhance anti-tumor immunity in patients. I have also served on multiple NIH study sections and on the NCI Steering Committees for Genitourinary Cancer (GUSC) and Investigational Drugs (IDSC)-Immunotherapy Task Force. I have also served on the program committees for ASCO and AACR and on faculty for the AACR/ASCO Vail Methods in Clinical Research Workshop. I am the site PI at UCSF for the NCI-sponsored Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network (CITN).

Website: Fong Lab

Education

Columbia University, New York, NY, BA, 1984-1988, Pre-Med., Economics
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, MD, 1988-1992


Professional Experience

  • 1992-1993
    Intern in Internal Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center.
  • 1993-1994
    Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center.
  • 1994-1997
    Fellow in Medical Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • 1996-2001
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Mentor: Edgar Engleman, MD.
  • 1997-2002
    Staff Physician, Division of Medical Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • 2001-2002
    Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Mentor: Mark M. Davis, PhD
  • 2002-2008
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco.
  • 2008-2013
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco.
  • 2013-present
    Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco.

 

Honors & Awards

  • 1990
    Stanford Alumni Medical Scholar
  • 1993
    Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1997
    American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award
  • 1997
    American Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • 1997
    American Association for Cancer Research AFLAC Award
  • 2002
    American Association for Cancer Research Scholar-in-Training Award
  • 2003
    V Foundation Scholar

Selected Publications

  1. Quigley DA, Dang HX, Zhao SG, Lloyd P, Aggarwal R, Alumkal JJ, Foye A, Kothari V, Perry MD, Bailey AM, Playdle D, Barnard TJ, Zhang L, Zhang J, Youngren JF, Cieslik MP, Parolia A, Beer TM, Thomas G, Chi KN, Gleave M, Lack NA, Zoubeidi A, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Witte O, Ryan CJ, Fong L, Kim W, Friedlander T, Chou J, Li H, Das R, Li H, Moussavi-Baygi R, Goodarzi H, Gilbert LA, Lara PN, Evans CP, Goldstein TC, Stuart JM, Tomlins SA, Spratt DE, Cheetham RK, Cheng DT, Farh K, Gehring JS, Hakenberg J, Liao A, Febbo PG, Shon J, Sickler B, Batzoglou S, Knudsen KE, He HH, Huang J, Wyatt AW, Dehm SM, Ashworth A, Chinnaiyan AM, Maher CA, Small EJ, Feng FY. Genomic Hallmarks and Structural Variation in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Cell. 2018 Jul 17.
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  2. Patel A, Fong L. Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer: Where Do We Go From Here?-PART 2: Checkpoint Inhibitors, Immunotherapy Combinations, Tumor Microenvironment Modulation, and Cellular Therapies. Oncology (Williston Park). 2018 06 15; 32(6):e65-e73.
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  3. Wang D, Quiros J, Mahuron K, Pai CC, Ranzani V, Young A, Silveria S, Harwin T, Abnousian A, Pagani M, Rosenblum MD, Van Gool F, Fong L, Bluestone JA, DuPage M. Targeting EZH2 Reprograms Intratumoral Regulatory T Cells to Enhance Cancer Immunity. Cell Rep. 2018 Jun 12; 23(11):3262-3274.
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  4. McDermott DF, Huseni MA, Atkins MB, Motzer RJ, Rini BI, Escudier B, Fong L, Joseph RW, Pal SK, Reeves JA, Sznol M, Hainsworth J, Rathmell WK, Stadler WM, Hutson T, Gore ME, Ravaud A, Bracarda S, Suárez C, Danielli R, Gruenwald V, Choueiri TK, Nickles D, Jhunjhunwala S, Piault-Louis E, Thobhani A, Qiu J, Chen DS, Hegde PS, Schiff C, Fine GD, Powles T. Clinical activity and molecular correlates of response to atezolizumab alone or in combination with bevacizumab versus sunitinib in renal cell carcinoma. Nat Med. 2018 Jun; 24(6):749-757.
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  5. Vaughn DJ, Bellmunt J, Fradet Y, Lee JL, Fong L, Vogelzang NJ, Climent MA, Petrylak DP, Choueiri TK, Necchi A, Gerritsen W, Gurney H, Quinn DI, Culine S, Sternberg CN, Mai Y, Li H, Perini RF, Bajorin DF, de Wit R. Health-Related Quality-of-Life Analysis From KEYNOTE-045: A Phase III Study of Pembrolizumab Versus Chemotherapy for Previously Treated Advanced Urothelial Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2018 Mar 28; JCO2017769562.
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  6. Patel A, Fong L. Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer: Where Do We Go From Here?-PART 1: Prostate Cancer Vaccines. Oncology (Williston Park). 2018 03 15; 32(3):112-20.
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  7. Cha E, Fong L. Shuffling the deck with CTLA-4 therapy: Deep sequencing of rearranged TCRB genes demonstrates T cell repertoire remodeling in cancer patients. Oncoimmunology. 2018; 7(4):e956016.
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  8. Wei XX, Siegel AP, Aggarwal R, Lin AM, Friedlander TW, Fong L, Kim W, Louttit M, Chang E, Zhang L, Ryan CJ. A Phase II Trial of Selinexor, an Oral Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export Compound, in Abiraterone- and/or Enzalutamide-Refractory Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer. Oncologist. 2018 Feb 27.
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  9. Mariathasan S, Turley SJ, Nickles D, Castiglioni A, Yuen K, Wang Y, Kadel Iii EE, Koeppen H, Astarita JL, Cubas R, Jhunjhunwala S, Banchereau R, Yang Y, Guan Y, Chalouni C, Ziai J, Senbabaoglu Y, Santoro S, Sheinson D, Hung J, Giltnane JM, Pierce AA, Mesh K, Lianoglou S, Riegler J, Carano RAD, Eriksson P, Höglund M, Somarriba L, Halligan DL, van der Heijden MS, Loriot Y, Rosenberg JE, Fong L, Mellman I, Chen DS, Green M, Derleth C, Fine GD, Hegde PS, Bourgon R, Powles T. TGFß attenuates tumour response to PD-L1 blockade by contributing to exclusion of T cells. Nature. 2018 Feb 22; 554(7693):544-548.
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  10. Sun Z, Wang CY, Lawson DA, Kwek S, Velozo HG, Owyong M, Lai MD, Fong L, Wilson M, Su H, Werb Z, Cooke DL. Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals gene expression signatures of breast cancer-associated endothelial cells. Oncotarget. 2018 Feb 16; 9(13):10945-10961.
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  11. Wei XX, Perry J, Chang E, Zhang L, Hiatt RA, Ryan CJ, Small EJ, Fong L. Clinical Variables Associated With Overall Survival in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Patients Treated With Sipuleucel-T Immunotherapy. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2017 Dec 27.
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  12. Truillet C, Oh HLJ, Yeo SP, Lee CY, Huynh LT, Wei J, Parker MFL, Blakely C, Sevillano N, Wang YH, Shen YS, Olivas V, Jami KM, Moroz A, Jego B, Jaumain E, Fong L, Craik CS, Chang AJ, Bivona TG, Wang CI, Evans MJ. Imaging PD-L1 Expression with ImmunoPET. Bioconjug Chem. 2018 Jan 17; 29(1):96-103.
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  13. Cabana MD, McKean M, Caughey AB, Fong L, Lynch S, Wong A, Leong R, Boushey HA, Hilton JF. Early Probiotic Supplementation for Eczema and Asthma Prevention: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2017 Sep; 140(3).
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  14. Friedlander TW, Graff JN, Zejnullahu K, Anantharaman A, Zhang L, Paz R, Premasekharan G, Russell C, Huang Y, Kim W, Aggarwal RR, Lin AM, Fong L, Alumkal JJ, Beer TM, Sharifi N, Alyamani M, Dittamore R, Small EJ, Paris PL, Ryan CJ. High-Dose Abiraterone Acetate in Men With Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2017 Dec; 15(6):733-741.e1.
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  15. Zhang L, Cham J, Paciorek A, Trager J, Sheikh N, Fong L. 3D: diversity, dynamics, differential testing - a proposed pipeline for analysis of next-generation sequencing T cell repertoire data. BMC Bioinformatics. 2017 Feb 27; 18(1):129.
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  16. Bellmunt J, de Wit R, Vaughn DJ, Fradet Y, Lee JL, Fong L, Vogelzang NJ, Climent MA, Petrylak DP, Choueiri TK, Necchi A, Gerritsen W, Gurney H, Quinn DI, Culine S, Sternberg CN, Mai Y, Poehlein CH, Perini RF, Bajorin DF. Pembrolizumab as Second-Line Therapy for Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma. N Engl J Med. 2017 03 16; 376(11):1015-1026.
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  17. Spitzer MH, Carmi Y, Reticker-Flynn NE, Kwek SS, Madhireddy D, Martins MM, Gherardini PF, Prestwood TR, Chabon J, Bendall SC, Fong L, Nolan GP, Engleman EG. Systemic Immunity Is Required for Effective Cancer Immunotherapy. Cell. 2017 Jan 26; 168(3):487-502.e15.
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  18. Oh DY, Cham J, Zhang L, Fong G, Kwek SS, Klinger M, Faham M, Fong L. Immune Toxicities Elicted by CTLA-4 Blockade in Cancer Patients Are Associated with Early Diversification of the T-cell Repertoire. Cancer Res. 2017 03 15; 77(6):1322-1330.
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  19. McNeel DG, Bander NH, Beer TM, Drake CG, Fong L, Harrelson S, Kantoff PW, Madan RA, Oh WK, Peace DJ, Petrylak DP, Porterfield H, Sartor O, Shore ND, Slovin SF, Stein MN, Vieweg J, Gulley JL. The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer consensus statement on immunotherapy for the treatment of prostate carcinoma. J Immunother Cancer. 2016; 4:92.
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  20. Thimmig LM, Cabana MD, Bentz MG, Potocka K, Beck A, Fong L, Chao C, Caughey AB, Wong A, McKean M. Television During Meals in the First 4 Years of Life. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Jun; 56(7):659-666.
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