University of California San Francisco
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Jennifer M. Puck, MD

Jennifer M. Puck, MD

Professor, Departments of Immunology and Pediatrics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Affiliate Member

Research Summary

Dr. Puck earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, after which she completed clinical and research training in pediatrics, infectious diseases and immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After serving on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland, she joined UCSF in 2006 as Professor of Pediatrics. In addition to caring for patients as an immunologist and teaching biomedical trainees at all levels, Dr. Puck has a basic and translational research program that focuses on human immune disorders as well as mouse models of lymphocyte development. Dr. Puck has used genetic and genomic technology as well as cellular immunology to study the basis of impaired lymphocyte development as well as immune dysregulation. She has published over 185 peer reviewed research papers in addition to over 100 chapters and reviews; she is co-editor of Primary Immunodeficiencies: A Molecular and Genetic Approach, published in its 3rd edition in 2014.

Noting the advantages in survival and outcome for infants with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) after diagnosis and treatment early in life, Dr. Puck conceived and developed a newborn screening test that uses the universally collected dried blood spots to detect SCID. DNA extracted from the blood spots is assayed by PCR to quantitate T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs), a biomarker for the generation of a normal, diverse repertoire of T cells. Absent or low TRECs suggest SCID. This testing, now widely adopted in newborn screening panels in the US and a growing number of countries, allows infants affected with SCID and other conditions with insufficient T cells to be detected early and treated.

Dr. Puck directs the UCSF Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies. She serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of the Immune Deficiency Foundation, the Committee on Primary Immunodeficiency Disease of the International Union of Immunological Societies, the Board of Scientific Councilors of NIAID, and the Steering Committees of the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) and the US Immunodeficiency Network (USIDNET). She has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), Society for Pediatric Research (SPR), Association of American Physicians (AAP), American Pediatric Society (APS) and National Academy of Medicine. She received the Abbot Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology from the American Society of Microbiology in 2013 and the Colonel Harlan Sanders Award for Lifetime Achievement in Genetics from the March of Dimes in 2014.

Education

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, BA cum laude, 1971, Biochemistry
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, (Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences & Technology), MD, 1975, Medicine


Professional Experience

  • 1975-78
    Pediatric Resident, Infectious Diseases Fellow, St. Louis Children's Hosp., Wash. U, St. Louis, MO
  • 1978-81
    Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology Fellowships: Influenza Research Center and Depts. of Pediatrics and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • 1981-84
    Instructor, Dept. of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 1984-91
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1991-93
    Associate Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Human Genetics, Univ. of PA, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1993-2006
    Senior Staff Physician, W. G. Magnusen Clinical Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • 1993-2006
    Head, Immunologic Disease Section, National Human Genome Research Inst (NHGRI), NIH
  • 1994-97
    Associate Chief, Laboratory for Gene Transfer, NHGRI, NIH
  • 1997-2006
    Chief, Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch, NHGRI, NIH
  • 1998-2006
    Director, CLIA Certified Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in Immunologic Genetics, ID#21D0940018
  • 2006-present
    Professor of Immunology, Dept. of Pediatrics, UCSF, San Francisco
  • 2006-present
    Assoc. Program Director, Pediatrics Clinical Research Center, Clinical & Translational Sciences Inst., UCSF
  • 2006-present
    Investigator, Institute for Human Genetics, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1984-89
    Physician Scientist Award, NIH
  • 1986-89
    Ethyl Brown Foerderer Scholar, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 1991
    Election to Society for Pediatric Research
  • 1992
    Election to American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • 1997
    Election to Association of American Physicians
  • 1998
    NHGRI Director's Award for Studies Defining Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome
  • 1995, 97, 98, 99
    NHGRI Director's Awards for Scientific Achievement and Outstanding Service
  • 2001
    Election to Committee on Primary Immunodeficiency Disease, IUIS

Selected Publications

  1. Bifsha P, Leiding JW, Pai SY, Colamartino ABL, Hartog N, Church JA, Oshrine BR, Puck JM, Markert ML, Haddad E. Diagnostic assay to assist clinical decisions for unclassified severe combined immune deficiency. Blood Adv. 2020 Jun 23; 4(12):2606-2610.
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  2. 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 Jun 04; 135(23):2094-2105.
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  3. 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.
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  4. Bousfiha A, Jeddane L, Picard C, Al-Herz W, Ailal F, Chatila T, Cunningham-Rundles C, Etzioni A, Franco JL, Holland SM, Klein C, Morio T, Ochs HD, Oksenhendler E, Puck J, Torgerson TR, Casanova JL, Sullivan KE, Tangye SG. Human Inborn Errors of Immunity: 2019 Update of the IUIS Phenotypical Classification. J Clin Immunol. 2020 Jan; 40(1):66-81.
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  5. Tangye SG, Al-Herz W, Bousfiha A, Chatila T, Cunningham-Rundles C, Etzioni A, Franco JL, Holland SM, Klein C, Morio T, Ochs HD, Oksenhendler E, Picard C, Puck J, Torgerson TR, Casanova JL, Sullivan KE. Human Inborn Errors of Immunity: 2019 Update on the Classification from the International Union of Immunological Societies Expert Committee. J Clin Immunol. 2020 Jan; 40(1):24-64.
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  6. Tangye SG, Al-Herz W, Bousfiha A, Chatila T, Cunningham-Rundles C, Etzioni A, Franco JL, Holland SM, Klein C, Morio T, Ochs HD, Oksenhendler E, Picard C, Puck J, Torgerson TR, Casanova JL, Sullivan KE. Correction to: Human Inborn Errors of Immunity: 2019 Update on the Classification from the International Union of Immunological Societies Expert Committee. J Clin Immunol. 2020 Jan; 40(1):65.
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  7. Seghezzo SP, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Puck JM, Dorsey MJ. Extended Follow-up After Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for I?Ba Deficiency with Disseminated Mycobacterium avium Infection. J Clin Immunol. 2020 Jan; 40(1):248-250.
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  8. Nguyen DN, Roth TL, Li PJ, Chen PA, Apathy R, Mamedov MR, Vo LT, Tobin VR, Goodman D, Shifrut E, Bluestone JA, Puck JM, Szoka FC, Marson A. Polymer-stabilized Cas9 nanoparticles and modified repair templates increase genome editing efficiency. Nat Biotechnol. 2020 01; 38(1):44-49.
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  9. Chinn IK, Chan AY, Chen K, Chou J, Dorsey MJ, Hajjar J, Jongco AM, Keller MD, Kobrynski LJ, Kumanovics A, Lawrence MG, Leiding JW, Lugar PL, Orange JS, Patel K, Platt CD, Puck JM, Raje N, Romberg N, Slack MA, Sullivan KE, Tarrant TK, Torgerson TR, Walter JE. Diagnostic interpretation of genetic studies in patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases: A working group report of the Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Jan; 145(1):46-69.
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  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, 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. Chronic Granulomatous Disease-Associated IBD Resolves and Does Not Adversely Impact Survival Following Allogeneic HCT. J Clin Immunol. 2019 10; 39(7):653-667.
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  11. Amatuni GS, Sciortino S, Currier RJ, Naides SJ, Church JA, Puck JM. Reference intervals for lymphocyte subsets in preterm and term neonates without immune defects. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 12; 144(6):1674-1683.
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  12. Mamcarz E, Zhou S, Lockey T, Abdelsamed H, Cross SJ, Kang G, Ma Z, Condori J, Dowdy J, Triplett B, Li C, Maron G, Aldave Becerra JC, Church JA, Dokmeci E, Love JT, da Matta Ain AC, van der Watt H, Tang X, Janssen W, Ryu BY, De Ravin SS, Weiss MJ, Youngblood B, Long-Boyle JR, Gottschalk S, Meagher MM, Malech HL, Puck JM, Cowan MJ, Sorrentino BP. Lentiviral Gene Therapy Combined with Low-Dose Busulfan in Infants with SCID-X1. N Engl J Med. 2019 04 18; 380(16):1525-1534.
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  13. Dvorak CC, Long-Boyle J, Dara J, Melton A, Shimano KA, Huang JN, Puck JM, Dorsey MJ, Facchino J, Chang CK, Cowan MJ. Low Exposure Busulfan Conditioning to Achieve Sufficient Multilineage Chimerism in Patients with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2019 07; 25(7):1355-1362.
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  14. Farmer JR, Foldvari Z, Ujhazi B, De Ravin SS, Chen K, Bleesing JJH, Schuetz C, Al-Herz W, Abraham RS, Joshi AY, Costa-Carvalho BT, Buchbinder D, Booth C, Reiff A, Ferguson PJ, Aghamohammadi A, Abolhassani H, Puck JM, Adeli M, Cancrini C, Palma P, Bertaina A, Locatelli F, Di Matteo G, Geha RS, Kanariou MG, Lycopoulou L, Tzanoudaki M, Sleasman JW, Parikh S, Pinero G, Fischer BM, Dbaibo G, Unal E, Patiroglu T, Karakukcu M, Al-Saad KK, Dilley MA, Pai SY, Dutmer CM, Gelfand EW, Geier CB, Eibl MM, Wolf HM, Henderson LA, Hazen MM, Bonfim C, Wolska-Kusnierz B, Butte MJ, Hernandez JD, Nicholas SK, Stepensky P, Chandrakasan S, Miano M, Westermann-Clark E, Goda V, Kriván G, Holland SM, Fadugba O, Henrickson SE, Ozen A, Karakoc-Aydiner E, Baris S, Kiykim A, Bredius R, Hoeger B, Boztug K, Pashchenko O, Neven B, Moshous D, Villartay JP, Bousfiha AA, Hill HR, Notarangelo LD, Walter JE. Outcomes and Treatment Strategies for Autoimmunity and Hyperinflammation in Patients with RAG Deficiency. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 Jul - Aug; 7(6):1970-1985.e4.
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  15. Anzilotti C, Swan DJ, Boisson B, Deobagkar-Lele M, Oliveira C, Chabosseau P, Engelhardt KR, Xu X, Chen R, Alvarez L, Berlinguer-Palmini R, Bull KR, Cawthorne E, Cribbs AP, Crockford TL, Dang TS, Fearn A, Fenech EJ, de Jong SJ, Lagerholm BC, Ma CS, Sims D, van den Berg B, Xu Y, Cant AJ, Kleiner G, Leahy TR, de la Morena MT, Puck JM, Shapiro RS, van der Burg M, Chapman JR, Christianson JC, Davies B, McGrath JA, Przyborski S, Santibanez Koref M, Tangye SG, Werner A, Rutter GA, Padilla-Parra S, Casanova JL, Cornall RJ, Conley ME, Hambleton S. An essential role for the Zn2+ transporter ZIP7 in B cell development. Nat Immunol. 2019 03; 20(3):350-361.
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  16. Amatuni GS, Currier RJ, Church JA, Bishop T, Grimbacher E, Nguyen AA, Agarwal-Hashmi R, Aznar CP, Butte MJ, Cowan MJ, Dorsey MJ, Dvorak CC, Kapoor N, Kohn DB, Markert ML, Moore TB, Naides SJ, Sciortino S, Feuchtbaum L, Koupaei RA, Puck JM. Newborn Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency and T-cell Lymphopenia in California, 2010-2017. Pediatrics. 2019 02; 143(2).
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  17. Puck JM. Newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency and T-cell lymphopenia. Immunol Rev. 2019 01; 287(1):241-252.
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  18. Dorsey MJ, Puck JM. Newborn Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency in the United States: Lessons Learned. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2019 02; 39(1):1-11.
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  19. Kohn DB, Hershfield MS, Puck JM, Aiuti A, Blincoe A, Gaspar HB, Notarangelo LD, Grunebaum E. Consensus approach for the management of severe combined immune deficiency caused by adenosine deaminase deficiency. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 03; 143(3):852-863.
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  20. Dvorak CC, Haddad E, Buckley RH, Cowan MJ, Logan B, Griffith LM, Kohn DB, Pai SY, Notarangelo L, Shearer W, Prockop S, Kapoor N, Heimall J, Chaudhury S, Shyr D, Chandra S, Cuvelier G, Moore T, Shenoy S, Goldman F, Smith AR, Sunkersett G, Vander Lugt M, Caywood E, Quigg T, Torgerson T, Chandrakasan S, Craddock J, Dávila Saldaña BJ, Gillio A, Shereck E, Aquino V, DeSantes K, Knutsen A, Thakar M, Yu L, Puck JM. The genetic landscape of severe combined immunodeficiency in the United States and Canada in the current era (2010-2018). J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 01; 143(1):405-407.
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