Preventing Cancer Vaccine Failure via Nanoparticle-Mediated T-cell Receptor Programming


2019 Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Stephan is devising methods to improve the efficacy of cancer vaccines and reduce the likelihood of vaccine failure. He and his team plan to accomplish this goal by use of nanoparticles to deliver engineered T-cell receptors (TCRs) that optimally bind the most prevalent vaccine protein targets on tumors, reliably inducing robust immunity in a diverse human population regardless of each patient’s preexisting TCR repertoire. Dr. Stephan is Associate Member in the Clinical Research Division of the Program in Immunology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He earned an MD at the Medical University of Luebeck in Germany and a PhD in Immunology at Cornell University and conducted postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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