Research Summary

Current Non-NIH Awards:
TR3-05535 Cowan (PI) 11/01/2012-10/31/2015
California Institute of Regenerative Medicine vGene Correction of Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cells in Artemis Deficient SCID
Goal is to complete the preclinical testing necessary for a clinical gene therapy trial in children with Artemis-SCID. The focus is on optimizing non-chemotherapy approaches to opening marrow niches, studying potential genotoxicity, and demonstrating that gene transduced Artemis deficient hematopoietic stem cells mature in vitro and in vivo into T and B cells.
Role: PI

DR2A-05365 Shizuru (PI) 07/01/2013-06/30/2017
California Institute of Regenerative Medicine vA monoclonal antibody that depletes blood stem cells and enables chemotherapy free transplants
Goal is to bring to a clinical trial a monoclonal antibody that targets hematopoietic stem cells. The antibody will be evaluated in a non-human primate model followed by a prospective phase I/II clinical trial in children with SCID.
Role: Co-PI

Overview:
I am a pediatric immunologist, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Allergy Immunology and BMT Division at UCSF. I led the planning for what ultimately became the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC), an NIH-funded group of 43 centers in the US and Canada focused on PID in which I am the PI and UCSF is the lead institution since 2009. I am on the Steering and Executive Committees of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC) and established and led for three years the Pediatric Special Interest Group within the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. My career has focused on children with PID, with over 180 peer-reviewed publications. My major research interests include SCID in Athabascan-speaking Native Americans (SCIDA), gene therapy for children with Artemis-deficient SCID, non-chemotherapy approaches to opening marrow niches, and the use of haploidentical donors and reduced-toxicity transplantation for childhood diseases. I performed one of the initial haplocompatible T cell depleted marrow transplants for SCID in North America in 1982 and reported one of the first in utero transplants in the world, the first patient with multiple biotin-dependent carboxylase deficiencies and immune deficiency, and the first children with HIV infection. I have treated the largest cohort of children with SCIDA and the largest number of babies diagnosed through newborn screening with SCID in North America, mapped the genetic locus of the gene for SCIDA and radiation sensitive SCID (RS-SCID), and identified the mutation in DCLRE1C responsible for SCIDA in Navajo and Apache children. I designed and completed one of the few prospective single institution trials of haplocompatible HCT for children with SCID and initiated and completed the first large study of children with SCID transplanted in North America and reported by the PIDTC.

Research Funding

  • September 12, 2009 - August 31, 2024 - Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: U54AI082973
  • May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2023 - Gene Transfer for Artemis-Deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Using a Lentiviral Vector to Transduce Autologous CD34 Hematopoietic Stem Cells , Principle Investigator . Sponsor: California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Sponsor Award ID: CLIN2-10830
  • April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2022 - Lentiviral Gene Therapy for Infants with X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency using Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells and Busulfan Conditioning , Co-PI . Sponsor: California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Sponsor Award ID: CLIN2-09504
  • March 2, 2011 - February 28, 2021 - Annual Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) Workshop and Education Day , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R13AI094943

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, B.S., 1966, Electrical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.D., 1970, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Intern/Resident, 1975-77, Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 1977-79, Immunology

Honors & Awards

  • 1966
    Tau Beta Pi, Engineer Honor Society
  • 1968-70
    Charles Hovies Scholarship
  • 1979-82
    Pediatric Clinical Research Center Investigator Award

Selected Publications

  1. Cuvelier GDE, Logan BR, Prockop S, Buckley RH, Kuo CY, Griffith LM, Liu X, Yip A, Hershfield M, Ayoub P, Moore TB, Dorsey M, O'Reilly RJ, Kapoor N, Pai SY, Kapadia M, Ebens CL, Forbes Satter LR, Burroughs L, Petrovic A, Chellapandian D, Heimall J, Shyr D, Rayes A, Bednarski JJ, Chandra S, Chandrakasan S, Gilio AP, Madden LM, Quigg TC, Caywood EH, Dávila Saldaña BJ, DeSantes K, Eissa H, Goldman FD, Rozmus J, Shah A, Vander Lugt MT, Thakar MS, Parrott RE, Martinez CA, Leiding JW, Torgerson TR, Pulsipher MA, Notarangelo LD, Cowan MJ, Dvorak CC, Haddad E, Puck JM, Kohn DB. Outcomes Following Treatment for Adenosine Deaminase Deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency: A Report from the PIDTC. Blood. 2022 Jun 07.  View on PubMed
  2. Arnold DE, Chellapandian D, Parikh S, Mallhi K, Marsh RA, Heimall JR, Grossman D, Chitty-Lopez M, Murguia-Favela L, Gennery AR, Boulad F, Arbuckle E, Cowan MJ, Dvorak CC, Griffith LM, Haddad E, Kohn DB, Notarangelo LD, Pai SY, Puck JM, Pulsipher MA, Torgerson T, Kang EM, Malech HL, Leiding JW. Granulocyte Transfusions in Patients with Chronic Granulomatous Disease Undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation or Gene Therapy. J Clin Immunol. 2022 Apr 21.  View on PubMed
  3. Bognàr T, Bartelink IH, Egberts TCG, Rademaker CMA, Versluys AB, Slatter MA, Kletzel M, Nath CE, Cuvelier GDE, Savic RM, Dvorak C, Long-Boyle JR, Cowan MJ, Bittencourt H, Bredius RGM, Güngör T, Shaw PJ, Ansari M, Hassan M, Krajinovic M, Hempel G, Marktel S, Chiesa R, Théoret Y, Lund T, Orchard PJ, Wynn RF, Boelens JJ, Lalmohamed A. Association Between the Magnitude of Intravenous Busulfan Exposure and Development of Hepatic Veno-Occlusive Disease in Children and Young Adults Undergoing Myeloablative Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Transplant Cell Ther. 2022 Apr; 28(4):196-202.  View on PubMed
  4. Kovac V, Shapiro EG, Rudser KD, Mueller BA, Eisengart JB, Delaney KA, Ahmed A, King KE, Yund BD, Cowan MJ, Raiman J, Mamak EG, Harmatz PR, Shankar SP, Ali N, Cagle SR, Wozniak JR, Lim KO, Orchard PJ, Whitley CB, Nestrasil I. Quantitative brain MRI morphology in severe and attenuated forms of mucopolysaccharidosis type I. Mol Genet Metab. 2022 02; 135(2):122-132.  View on PubMed
  5. Delmonte OM, Castagnoli R, Yu J, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Dávila Saldaña BJ, De Ravin SS, Mamcarz E, Chang CK, Daley SR, Griffith LM, Notarangelo LD, Puck JM. Poor T-cell receptor β repertoire diversity early posttransplant for severe combined immunodeficiency predicts failure of immune reconstitution. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2022 03; 149(3):1113-1119.  View on PubMed
  6. Smith H, Scalchunes C, Cowan MJ, Puck J, Heimall J. Expectations and experience: Parent and patient perspectives regarding treatment for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Clin Immunol. 2021 08; 229:108778.  View on PubMed
  7. Dorsey M, Wright NAM, Chaimowitz NS, Dávila Saldaña BJ, Miller H, Keller MD, Thakar MS, Shah AJ, Abu-Arja R, Andolina J, Aquino V, Barnum JL, Bednarski JJ, Bhatia M, Bonilla FA, Butte MJ, Bunin NJ, Burroughs LM, Chandra S, Chaudhury S, Chen K, Chong H, Cuvelier G, Dalal J, DeFelice ML, DeSantes KB, Forbes LR, Gillio A, Goldman F, Joshi AY, Kapoor N, Knutsen AP, Kobrynski L, Lieberman JA, Leiding JW, Oshrine B, Patel KP, Prockop S, Quigg TC, Quinones R, Schultz KR, Seroogy C, Shyr D, Siegel S, Smith AR, Torgerson TR, Vander Lugt MT, Yu LC, Cowan MJ, Buckley RH, Dvorak CC, Griffith LM, Haddad E, Kohn DB, Logan B, Notarangelo LD, Pai SY, Puck J, Pulsipher MA, Heimall J. Correction to: Infections in Infants with SCID: Isolation, Infection Screening and Prophylaxis in PIDTC Centers. J Clin Immunol. 2021 Feb; 41(2):498-500.  View on PubMed
  8. Apsel Winger B, Shukla P, Kharbanda S, Keizer RJ, Goswami S, Cowan MJ, Dvorak CC, Long-Boyle J. The Relationship Between Busulfan Exposure and Achievement of Sustained Donor Myeloid Chimerism in Patients with Non-Malignant Disorders. Transplant Cell Ther. 2021 03; 27(3):258.e1-258.e6.  View on PubMed
  9. Forlanini F, Dara J, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Puck JM, Dorsey MJ. Unknown cytomegalovirus serostatus in primary immunodeficiency disorders: A new category of transplant recipients. Transpl Infect Dis. 2021 Apr; 23(2):e13504.  View on PubMed
  10. Marsh RA, Leiding JW, Logan BR, Griffith LM, Arnold DE, Haddad E, Falcone EL, Yin Z, Patel K, Arbuckle E, Bleesing JJ, Sullivan KE, Heimall J, Burroughs LM, Skoda-Smith S, Chandrakasan S, Yu LC, Oshrine BR, Cuvelier GDE, Thakar MS, Chen K, Teira P, Shenoy S, Phelan R, Forbes LR, Martinez C, Chellapandian D, Dávila Saldaña BJ, Shah AJ, Weinacht KG, Joshi A, Boulad F, Quigg TC, Dvorak CC, Grossman D, Torgerson T, Graham P, Prasad V, Knutsen A, Chong H, Miller H, de la Morena MT, DeSantes K, Cowan MJ, Notarangelo LD, Kohn DB, Stenger E, Pai SY, Routes JM, Puck JM, Kapoor N, Pulsipher MA, Malech HL, Parikh S, Kang EM, submitted on behalf of the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium. Correction: Chronic Granulomatous Disease-Associated IBD Resolves and Does Not Adversely Impact Survival Following Allogeneic HCT. J Clin Immunol. 2020 Nov; 40(8):1211-1213.  View on PubMed
  11. Dorsey MJ, Wright NAM, Chaimowitz NS, Dávila Saldaña BJ, Miller H, Keller MD, Thakar MS, Shah AJ, Abu-Arja R, Andolina J, Aquino V, Barnum JL, Bednarski JJ, Bhatia M, Bonilla FA, Butte MJ, Bunin NJ, Chandra S, Chaudhury S, Chen K, Chong H, Cuvelier GDE, Dalal J, DeFelice ML, DeSantes KB, Forbes LR, Gillio A, Goldman F, Joshi AY, Kapoor N, Knutsen AP, Kobrynski L, Lieberman JA, Leiding JW, Oshrine B, Patel KP, Prockop S, Quigg TC, Quinones R, Schultz KR, Seroogy C, Shyr D, Siegel S, Smith AR, Torgerson TR, Vander Lugt MT, Yu LC, Cowan MJ, Buckley RH, Dvorak CC, Griffith LM, Haddad E, Kohn DB, Logan B, Notarangelo LD, Pai SY, Puck J, Pulsipher MA, Heimall J. Infections in Infants with SCID: Isolation, Infection Screening, and Prophylaxis in PIDTC Centers. J Clin Immunol. 2021 01; 41(1):38-50.  View on PubMed
  12. Maron G, Kaste S, Bahrami A, Neel M, Malech HL, Puck JM, Cowan MJ, Gottschalk S, Mamcarz E. Successful SCID gene therapy in infant with disseminated BCG. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021 02; 9(2):993-995.e1.  View on PubMed
  13. Kuo CY, Garabedian E, Puck J, Cowan MJ, Sullivan KE, Buckley RH, Cunningham-Rundles C, Marsh R, Candotti F, Kohn DB. Adenosine Deaminase (ADA)-Deficient Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) in the US Immunodeficiency Network (USIDNet) Registry. J Clin Immunol. 2020 11; 40(8):1124-1131.  View on PubMed
  14. Contreras CF, Long-Boyle JR, Shimano KA, Melton A, Kharbanda S, Dara J, Higham C, Huang JN, Cowan MJ, Dvorak CC. Reduced Toxicity Conditioning for Nonmalignant Hematopoietic Cell Transplants. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2020 09; 26(9):1646-1654.  View on PubMed
  15. Burroughs LM, Petrovic A, Brazauskas R, Liu X, Griffith LM, Ochs HD, Bleesing JJ, Edwards S, Dvorak CC, Chaudhury S, Prockop SE, Quinones R, Goldman FD, Quigg TC, Chandrakasan S, Smith AR, Parikh S, Dávila Saldaña BJ, Thakar MS, Phelan R, Shenoy S, Forbes LR, Martinez C, Chellapandian D, Shereck E, Miller HK, Kapoor N, Barnum JL, Chong H, Shyr DC, Chen K, Abu-Arja R, Shah AJ, Weinacht KG, Moore TB, Joshi A, DeSantes KB, Gillio AP, Cuvelier GDE, Keller MD, Rozmus J, Torgerson T, Pulsipher MA, Haddad E, Sullivan KE, Logan BR, Kohn DB, Puck JM, Notarangelo LD, Pai SY, Rawlings DJ, Cowan MJ. Excellent outcomes following hematopoietic cell transplantation for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome: a PIDTC report. Blood. 2020 06 04; 135(23):2094-2105.  View on PubMed
  16. Chan AY, Leiding JW, Liu X, Logan BR, Burroughs LM, Allenspach EJ, Skoda-Smith S, Uzel G, Notarangelo LD, Slatter M, Gennery AR, Smith AR, Pai SY, Jordan MB, Marsh RA, Cowan MJ, Dvorak CC, Craddock JA, Prockop SE, Chandrakasan S, Kapoor N, Buckley RH, Parikh S, Chellapandian D, Oshrine BR, Bednarski JJ, Cooper MA, Shenoy S, Davila Saldana BJ, Forbes LR, Martinez C, Haddad E, Shyr DC, Chen K, Sullivan KE, Heimall J, Wright N, Bhatia M, Cuvelier GDE, Goldman FD, Meyts I, Miller HK, Seidel MG, Vander Lugt MT, Bacchetta R, Weinacht KG, Andolina JR, Caywood E, Chong H, de la Morena MT, Aquino VM, Shereck E, Walter JE, Dorsey MJ, Seroogy CM, Griffith LM, Kohn DB, Puck JM, Pulsipher MA, Torgerson TR. Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Patients With Primary Immune Regulatory Disorders (PIRD): A Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) Survey. Front Immunol. 2020; 11:239.  View on PubMed
  17. Seghezzo SP, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Puck JM, Dorsey MJ. Extended Follow-up After Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for IκBα Deficiency with Disseminated Mycobacterium avium Infection. J Clin Immunol. 2020 01; 40(1):248-250.  View on PubMed
  18. Shah AJ, Sokolic R, Logan B, Yin Z, Iyengar S, Scalchunes C, Mangurian C, Albert M, Cowan MJ. Quality of Life of Patients with Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome and X-Linked Thrombocytopenia: a Study of the Primary Immune Deficiency Consortium (PIDTC), Immune Deficiency Foundation, and the Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation. J Clin Immunol. 2019 11; 39(8):786-794.  View on PubMed
  19. Marsh RA, Leiding JW, Logan BR, Griffith LM, Arnold DE, Haddad E, Falcone EL, Yin Z, Patel K, Arbuckle E, Bleesing JJ, Sullivan KE, Heimall J, Burroughs LM, Skoda-Smith S, Chandrakasan S, Yu LC, Oshrine BR, Cuvelier GDE, Thakar MS, Chen K, Teira P, Shenoy S, Phelan R, Forbes LR, Chellapandian D, Dávila Saldaña BJ, Shah AJ, Weinacht KG, Joshi A, Boulad F, Quigg TC, Dvorak CC, Grossman D, Torgerson T, Graham P, Prasad V, Knutsen A, Chong H, Miller H, de la Morena MT, DeSantes K, Cowan MJ, Notarangelo LD, Kohn DB, Stenger E, Pai SY, Routes JM, Puck JM, Kapoor N, Pulsipher MA, Malech HL, Parikh S, Kang EM, submitted on behalf of the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium. Chronic Granulomatous Disease-Associated IBD Resolves and Does Not Adversely Impact Survival Following Allogeneic HCT. J Clin Immunol. 2019 10; 39(7):653-667.  View on PubMed
  20. Mangurian C, Scalchunes C, Yoo J, Logan B, Henderson T, Iyengar S, Smith H, Cowan MJ. Psychosocial services for primary immunodeficiency disorder families during hematopoietic cell transplantation: A descriptive study. Palliat Support Care. 2019 08; 17(4):409-414.  View on PubMed

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