Research Summary

I have studied natural killer (NK) cells in humans and mice since 1981. My lab has identified many of the activating and inhibitory NK receptors, their ligands, and signaling pathways and defined their role in innate and adaptive immune responses to pathogens and cancer.

Research Funding

  • August 5, 1999 - May 31, 2023 - Cancer Center Support Grant , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: P30CA082103
  • August 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022 - Hypo-immunogenic cardiomyocytes for myocardial repair , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01HL140236
  • January 9, 2001 - March 31, 2021 - NK Memory , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01AI068129
  • March 1, 2001 - February 28, 2017 - NK and T Cell Costimulation by NKG2D/DAP10 , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R37AI066897

Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State U., Blacksburg, VA, B.S. (honors), 1975, Microbiology
Univ. North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC, Ph.D., 1978, Immunology
Univ. North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC, Postdoc, 1978-79, Immunology
Univ. New Mexico Med Sch, Albuquerque, NM, Postdoc, 1979-81, Immunology

Honors & Awards

  • 1971
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Freshman Science Scholarship
  • 1978-1979
    National Research Service Award Fellowship, University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill Cancer Research Center
  • 1979-1981
    Damon Runyon - Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2001
    American Association of Immunologists Distinguished Service Award
  • 2002
    William B Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology, Cancer Research Institute, New York
  • 2003
    American Cancer Society Research Professorship
  • 2005
    American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Rose Payne Award
  • 2006
    NIH Merit Grant Award
  • 2010
    Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 2011
    Member, National Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2011
    Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
  • 2013
    J. Michael Bishop Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
  • 2017
    American Association of Immunologists Excellence in Mentoring Award

Selected Publications

  1. Shemesh A, Pickering H, Roybal KT, Lanier LL. Differential IL-12 signaling induces human natural killer cell activating receptor-mediated ligand-specific expansion. J Exp Med. 2022 08 01; 219(8).  View on PubMed
  2. Potempa M, Aguilar OA, Gonzalez-Hinojosa MDR, Tenvooren I, Marquez DM, Spitzer MH, Lanier LL. Influence of Self-MHC Class I Recognition on the Dynamics of NK Cell Responses to Cytomegalovirus Infection. J Immunol. 2022 04 01; 208(7):1742-1754.  View on PubMed
  3. Aguilar OA, Fong LK, Ishiyama K, DeGrado WF, Lanier LL. The CD3ζ adaptor structure determines functional differences between human and mouse CD16 Fc receptor signaling. J Exp Med. 2022 05 02; 219(5).  View on PubMed
  4. Ishiyama K, Arakawa-Hoyt J, Aguilar OA, Damm I, Towfighi P, Sigdel T, Tamaki S, Babdor J, Spitzer MH, Reed EF, Sarwal MM, Lanier LL, CMV Systems Immunobiology Group. Mass cytometry reveals single-cell kinetics of cytotoxic lymphocyte evolution in CMV-infected renal transplant patients. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 02 22; 119(8).  View on PubMed
  5. Su Y, Yuan D, Chen DG, Ng RH, Wang K, Choi J, Li S, Hong S, Zhang R, Xie J, Kornilov SA, Scherler K, Pavlovitch-Bedzyk AJ, Dong S, Lausted C, Lee I, Fallen S, Dai CL, Baloni P, Smith B, Duvvuri VR, Anderson KG, Li J, Yang F, Duncombe CJ, McCulloch DJ, Rostomily C, Troisch P, Zhou J, Mackay S, DeGottardi Q, May DH, Taniguchi R, Gittelman RM, Klinger M, Snyder TM, Roper R, Wojciechowska G, Murray K, Edmark R, Evans S, Jones L, Zhou Y, Rowen L, Liu R, Chour W, Algren HA, Berrington WR, Wallick JA, Cochran RA, Micikas ME, ISB-Swedish COVID-19 Biobanking Unit, Wrin T, Petropoulos CJ, Cole HR, Fischer TD, Wei W, Hoon DSB, Price ND, Subramanian N, Hill JA, Hadlock J, Magis AT, Ribas A, Lanier LL, Boyd SD, Bluestone JA, Chu H, Hood L, Gottardo R, Greenberg PD, Davis MM, Goldman JD, Heath JR. Multiple early factors anticipate post-acute COVID-19 sequelae. Cell. 2022 03 03; 185(5):881-895.e20.  View on PubMed
  6. Good CR, Aznar MA, Kuramitsu S, Samareh P, Agarwal S, Donahue G, Ishiyama K, Wellhausen N, Rennels AK, Ma Y, Tian L, Guedan S, Alexander KA, Zhang Z, Rommel PC, Singh N, Glastad KM, Richardson MW, Watanabe K, Tanyi JL, O'Hara MH, Ruella M, Lacey SF, Moon EK, Schuster SJ, Albelda SM, Lanier LL, Young RM, Berger SL, June CH. An NK-like CAR T cell transition in CAR T cell dysfunction. Cell. 2021 12 09; 184(25):6081-6100.e26.  View on PubMed
  7. Pickering H, Sen S, Arakawa-Hoyt J, Ishiyama K, Sun Y, Parmar R, Ahn RS, Sunga G, Llamas M, Hoffmann A, Deng M, Bunnapradist S, Schaenman JM, Gjertson DW, Rossetti M, Lanier LL, Reed EF, CMV Systems Immunobiology Group. NK and CD8+ T cell phenotypes predict onset and control of CMV viremia after kidney transplant. JCI Insight. 2021 11 08; 6(21).  View on PubMed
  8. Kang E, Kadoch C, Rubenstein JL, Lanier LL, Wells JA. A functional mammalian display screen identifies rare antibodies that stimulate NK cell-mediated cytotoxicity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 08 03; 118(31).  View on PubMed
  9. Deuse T, Tediashvili G, Hu X, Gravina A, Tamenang A, Wang D, Connolly A, Mueller C, Mallavia B, Looney MR, Alawi M, Lanier LL, Schrepfer S. Hypoimmune induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cell therapeutics treat cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases in immunocompetent allogeneic mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 07 13; 118(28).  View on PubMed
  10. Deuse T, Hu X, Agbor-Enoh S, Jang MK, Alawi M, Saygi C, Gravina A, Tediashvili G, Nguyen VQ, Liu Y, Valantine H, Lanier LL, Schrepfer S. The SIRPα-CD47 immune checkpoint in NK cells. J Exp Med. 2021 03 01; 218(3).  View on PubMed
  11. Calabrese DR, Aminian E, Mallavia B, Liu F, Cleary SJ, Aguilar OA, Wang P, Singer JP, Hays SR, Golden JA, Kukreja J, Dugger D, Nakamura M, Lanier LL, Looney MR, Greenland JR. Natural killer cells activated through NKG2D mediate lung ischemia-reperfusion injury. J Clin Invest. 2021 02 01; 131(3).  View on PubMed
  12. Adams NM, Diaz-Salazar C, Dang C, Lanier LL, Sun JC. Cutting Edge: Heterogeneity in Cell Age Contributes to Functional Diversity of NK Cells. J Immunol. 2021 02 01; 206(3):465-470.  View on PubMed
  13. Casanova JL, Holtzman DM, Kaech SM, Lanier LL, Nathan CF, Rudensky AY, Tuveson D, Wolchok JD. Immigration in science. J Exp Med. 2020 11 02; 217(11).  View on PubMed
  14. Su Y, Chen D, Yuan D, Lausted C, Choi J, Dai CL, Voillet V, Duvvuri VR, Scherler K, Troisch P, Baloni P, Qin G, Smith B, Kornilov SA, Rostomily C, Xu A, Li J, Dong S, Rothchild A, Zhou J, Murray K, Edmark R, Hong S, Heath JE, Earls J, Zhang R, Xie J, Li S, Roper R, Jones L, Zhou Y, Rowen L, Liu R, Mackay S, O'Mahony DS, Dale CR, Wallick JA, Algren HA, Zager MA, ISB-Swedish COVID19 Biobanking Unit, Wei W, Price ND, Huang S, Subramanian N, Wang K, Magis AT, Hadlock JJ, Hood L, Aderem A, Bluestone JA, Lanier LL, Greenberg PD, Gottardo R, Davis MM, Goldman JD, Heath JR. Multi-Omics Resolves a Sharp Disease-State Shift between Mild and Moderate COVID-19. Cell. 2020 12 10; 183(6):1479-1495.e20.  View on PubMed
  15. Aguilar OA, Tanaka M, Balaji GR, Berry R, Rossjohn J, Lanier LL, Carlyle JR. Tetramer Immunization and Selection Followed by CELLISA Screening to Generate Monoclonal Antibodies against the Mouse Cytomegalovirus m12 Immunoevasin. J Immunol. 2020 09 15; 205(6):1709-1717.  View on PubMed
  16. Su Y, Chen D, Lausted C, Yuan D, Choi J, Dai C, Voillet V, Scherler K, Troisch P, Duvvuri VR, Baloni P, Qin G, Smith B, Kornilov S, Rostomily C, Xu A, Li J, Dong S, Rothchild A, Zhou J, Murray K, Edmark R, Hong S, Jones L, Zhou Y, Roper R, Mackay S, O'Mahony DS, Dale CR, Wallick JA, Algren HA, Michael ZA, Magis A, Wei W, Price ND, Huang S, Subramanian N, Wang K, Hadlock J, Hood L, Aderem A, Bluestone JA, Lanier LL, Greenberg P, Gottardo R, Davis MM, Goldman JD, Heath JR. Multiomic Immunophenotyping of COVID-19 Patients Reveals Early Infection Trajectories. bioRxiv. 2020 Jul 31.  View on PubMed
  17. Guerra N, Lanier LL. Editorial: Emerging Concepts on the NKG2D Receptor-Ligand Axis in Health and Diseases. Front Immunol. 2020; 11:562.  View on PubMed
  18. Dogra P, Rancan C, Ma W, Toth M, Senda T, Carpenter DJ, Kubota M, Matsumoto R, Thapa P, Szabo PA, Li Poon MM, Li J, Arakawa-Hoyt J, Shen Y, Fong L, Lanier LL, Farber DL. Tissue Determinants of Human NK Cell Development, Function, and Residence. Cell. 2020 02 20; 180(4):749-763.e13.  View on PubMed
  19. Zammit NW, Siggs OM, Gray PE, Horikawa K, Langley DB, Walters SN, Daley SR, Loetsch C, Warren J, Yap JY, Cultrone D, Russell A, Malle EK, Villanueva JE, Cowley MJ, Gayevskiy V, Dinger ME, Brink R, Zahra D, Chaudhri G, Karupiah G, Whittle B, Roots C, Bertram E, Yamada M, Jeelall Y, Enders A, Clifton BE, Mabbitt PD, Jackson CJ, Watson SR, Jenne CN, Lanier LL, Wiltshire T, Spitzer MH, Nolan GP, Schmitz F, Aderem A, Porebski BT, Buckle AM, Abbott DW, Ziegler JB, Craig ME, Benitez-Aguirre P, Teo J, Tangye SG, King C, Wong M, Cox MP, Phung W, Tang J, Sandoval W, Wertz IE, Christ D, Goodnow CC, Grey ST. Denisovan, modern human and mouse TNFAIP3 alleles tune A20 phosphorylation and immunity. Nat Immunol. 2019 10; 20(10):1299-1310.  View on PubMed
  20. Lee BH, Kelly G, Bradford S, Davila M, Guo XV, Amir ED, Thrash EM, Solga MD, Lannigan J, Sellers B, Candia J, Tsang J, Montgomery RR, Tamaki SJ, Sigdel TK, Sarwal MM, Lanier LL, Tian Y, Kim C, Hinz D, Peters B, Sette A, Rahman AH. A Modified Injector and Sample Acquisition Protocol Can Improve Data Quality and Reduce Inter-Instrument Variability of the Helios Mass Cytometer. Cytometry A. 2019 09; 95(9):1019-1030.  View on PubMed

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