Research Summary

The Spitzer Lab is working to develop our understanding of how the immune system coordinates its responses across the organism with an emphasis on tumor immunology. We combine methods in experimental immunology and cancer biology with computation to understand the modes in which the immune system can respond to tumors and to rationally initiate curative immune responses against cancer.

Research Funding

  • September 21, 2016 - August 31, 2021 - Quantitatively modeling immune responses to cancer, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: DP5OD023056
  • July 15, 2017 - May 31, 2019 - Single-cell High-dimensional Characterization of the Bone Marrow Microenvironment in Health and Disease, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIA, Sponsor Award ID: R21AG057224
  • September 30, 2014 - September 29, 2018 - Revealing the tumor-immune network by mass cytometry, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: F31CA189331
  • September 21, 2016 - August 31, 2021 - Quantitatively modeling immune responses to cancer, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: DP5OD023056

Education

Georgetown University, B.S., 05/2011, Biology
Stanford University, Ph.D., 03/2016, Immunology

Honors & Awards

  • 2008-2011
    National Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • 2009
    Student-Athlete Academic Honors, Georgetown University
  • 2009-2011
    Baker Scholar, Georgetown University
  • 2010
    Reardon Fellow, Georgetown University
  • 2010
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2010-2011
    Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar, Georgetown University
  • 2010-2011
    Taylor-Weber Memorial Scholar, Georgetown University
  • 2011
    Sigma Xi Medal for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Research, Georgetown University
  • 2011
    Summa Cum Laude, Georgetown University
  • 2011-2014
    George D. Smith Stanford Graduate Fellow, Stanford University
  • 2014-2016
    NIH/NCI NRSA F31 Fellow
  • 2016-2021
    Sandler Faculty Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2016-2021
    Sean N. Parker Faculty Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2016-2021
    Early Independence Award, Office of the Director, NIH

Selected Publications

  1. Rahil Z, Leylek R, Schürch CM, Chen H, Bjornson-Hooper Z, Christensen SR, Gherardini PF, Bhate SS, Spitzer MH, Fragiadakis GK, Mukherjee N, Kim N, Jiang S, Yo J, Gaudilliere B, Affrime M, Bock B, Hensley SE, Idoyaga J, Aghaeepour N, Kim K, Nolan GP, McIlwain DR Landscape of coordinated immune responses to H1N1 challenge in humans.  View on PubMed
  2. Schumann K, Raju SS, Lauber M, Kolb S, Shifrut E, Cortez JT, Skartsis N, Nguyen VQ, Woo JM, Roth TL, Yu R, Nguyen MLT, Simeonov DR, Nguyen DN, Targ S, Gate RE, Tang Q, Bluestone JA, Spitzer MH, Ye CJ, Marson A Functional CRISPR dissection of gene networks controlling human regulatory T cell identity.  View on PubMed
  3. Atallah MB, Tandon V, Hiam KJ, Boyce H, Hori M, Atallah W, Spitzer MH, Engleman E, Mallick P ImmunoGlobe: enabling systems immunology with a manually curated intercellular immune interaction network.  View on PubMed
  4. Oh DY, Kwek SS, Raju SS, Li T, McCarthy E, Chow E, Aran D, Ilano A, Pai CS, Rancan C, Allaire K, Burra A, Sun Y, Spitzer MH, Mangul S, Porten S, Meng MV, Friedlander TW, Ye CJ, Fong L Intratumoral CD4+ T Cells Mediate Anti-tumor Cytotoxicity in Human Bladder Cancer.  View on PubMed
  5. Levine LS, Mahuron KM, Tsai KK, Wu C, Mattis DM, Pauli ML, Oglesby A, Lee JC, Spitzer MH, Krummel MF, Algazi AP, Rosenblum MD, Alvarado M, Daud AI Tumor Immune Profiling-Based Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy for Locally Advanced Melanoma.  View on PubMed
  6. Allen BM, Hiam KJ, Burnett CE, Venida A, DeBarge R, Tenvooren I, Marquez DM, Cho NW, Carmi Y, Spitzer MH Systemic dysfunction and plasticity of the immune macroenvironment in cancer models.  View on PubMed
  7. Guo CJ, Allen BM, Hiam KJ, Dodd D, Van Treuren W, Higginbottom S, Nagashima K, Fischer CR, Sonnenburg JL, Spitzer MH, Fischbach MA Depletion of microbiome-derived molecules in the host using Clostridium genetics.  View on PubMed
  8. 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.  View on PubMed
  9. Deuse T, Hu X, Agbor-Enoh S, Koch M, Spitzer MH, Gravina A, Alawi M, Marishta A, Peters B, Kosaloglu-Yalcin Z, Yang Y, Rajalingam R, Wang D, Nashan B, Kiefmann R, Reichenspurner H, Valantine H, Weissman IL, Schrepfer S De novo mutations in mitochondrial DNA of iPSCs produce immunogenic neoepitopes in mice and humans.  View on PubMed
  10. Hartmann FJ, Babdor J, Gherardini PF, Amir ED, Jones K, Sahaf B, Marquez DM, Krutzik P, O'Donnell E, Sigal N, Maecker HT, Meyer E, Spitzer MH, Bendall SC Comprehensive Immune Monitoring of Clinical Trials to Advance Human Immunotherapy.  View on PubMed
  11. Spitzer MH Hacking the 'Cellular Immunology Agency': T cells caught in the act.  View on PubMed
  12. Hartmann FJ, Simonds EF, Vivanco N, Bruce T, Borges L, Nolan GP, Spitzer MH, Bendall SC Scalable Conjugation and Characterization of Immunoglobulins with Stable Mass Isotope Reporters for Single-Cell Mass Cytometry Analysis.  View on PubMed
  13. Gonzalez-Junca A, Driscoll KE, Pellicciotta I, Du S, Lo CH, Roy R, Parry R, Tenvooren I, Marquez DM, Spitzer MH, Barcellos-Hoff MH Autocrine TGFß Is a Survival Factor for Monocytes and Drives Immunosuppressive Lineage Commitment.  View on PubMed
  14. Han G, Spitzer MH, Bendall SC, Fantl WJ, Nolan GP Metal-isotope-tagged monoclonal antibodies for high-dimensional mass cytometry.  View on PubMed
  15. Hu Z, Jujjavarapu C, Hughey JJ, Andorf S, Lee HC, Gherardini PF, Spitzer MH, Thomas CG, Campbell J, Dunn P, Wiser J, Kidd BA, Dudley JT, Nolan GP, Bhattacharya S, Butte AJ MetaCyto: A Tool for Automated Meta-analysis of Mass and Flow Cytometry Data.  View on PubMed
  16. Avanzi MP, Yeku O, Li X, Wijewarnasuriya DP, van Leeuwen DG, Cheung K, Park H, Purdon TJ, Daniyan AF, Spitzer MH, Brentjens RJ Engineered Tumor-Targeted T Cells Mediate Enhanced Anti-Tumor Efficacy Both Directly and through Activation of the Endogenous Immune System.  View on PubMed
  17. Kleppe M, Spitzer MH, Li S, Hill CE, Dong L, Papalexi E, De Groote S, Bowman RL, Keller M, Koppikar P, Rapaport FT, Teruya-Feldstein J, Gandara J, Mason CE, Nolan GP, Levine RL Jak1 Integrates Cytokine Sensing to Regulate Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function and Stress Hematopoiesis.  View on PubMed
  18. Dodd D, Spitzer MH, Van Treuren W, Merrill BD, Hryckowian AJ, Higginbottom SK, Le A, Cowan TM, Nolan GP, Fischbach MA, Sonnenburg JL A gut bacterial pathway metabolizes aromatic amino acids into nine circulating metabolites.  View on PubMed
  19. Kleppe M, Spitzer MH, Li S, Hill CE, Dong L, Papalexi E, De Groote S, Bowman RL, Keller M, Koppikar P, Rapaport FT, Teruya-Feldstein J, Gandara J, Mason CE, Nolan GP, Levine RL Jak1 Integrates Cytokine Sensing to Regulate Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function and Stress Hematopoiesis.  View on PubMed
  20. Cavrois M, Banerjee T, Mukherjee G, Raman N, Hussien R, Rodriguez BA, Vasquez J, Spitzer MH, Lazarus NH, Jones JJ, Ochsenbauer C, McCune JM, Butcher EC, Arvin AM, Sen N, Greene WC, Roan NR Mass Cytometric Analysis of HIV Entry, Replication, and Remodeling in Tissue CD4+ T Cells.  View on PubMed

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