Lab Members

Philip Greenberg, MD

Philip Greenberg, MD

Title: Principal Investigator
Phone: 206.667.4462
Area of Responsibility: Member & Head, Program of Immunology, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch Professor of Immunology and Medicine, University of Washington
Thomas Schmitt, PhD

Thomas Schmitt, PhD

Title: Research Associate
Area of Responsibility: Dr. Tom Schmitt has made extensive contributions to the development of adoptive T cell therapy as an effective treatment against cancer. He and his team are applying novel high-throughput screening and genetic approaches to interrogate healthy immune repertoires, identify and characterize T cells specific for the most promising tumor antigens, and then isolate rare, highly effective T cell receptors (TCRs) for therapeutic use. Dr. Schmitt is also working to understand the molecular bases of effective antigen presentation by tumor cells and the complex structure/function relationships that govern tumor targeting by T cells, informing new strategies to improve the clinical efficacy of TCR-based T cell therapies.
Daniel Paushter

Daniel Paushter

Title: Staff Scientist
Mail Stop: D3-100
Area of Responsibility: Daniel is interested in identifying novel TCRs for clinical application, as well as modulating cellular pathways to enhance engineered adoptive T cell therapy effectiveness.
Leah Schmidt, PhD

Leah Schmidt, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Area of Responsibility: Leah is using autochthonous mouse models of cancer to study the reciprocal impacts of adoptive engineered T cell therapy and the tumor microenvironment. The goal is to uncover new strategies for improving outcomes of anti-cancer immunotherapies in solid tumor settings.
Tijana Martinov, PhD

Tijana Martinov, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Area of Responsibility: Tijana is developing T cell strategies to effectively target and destroy cancerous cells in mouse models of multiple myeloma.
Ashley Thelen, PhD

Ashley Thelen, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Area of Responsibility: Ashley is using genome editing and synthetic biology approaches to enhance T cell fitness for targeting solid tumors.
Kristin Anderson, PhD

Kristin Anderson, PhD

Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Area of Responsibility: Kristin studies properties of T cell migration and tumor microenvironments that impact the utility of adoptive T cell therapy for solid tumors, with a focus on ovarian cancer. Chemotherapy, immune checkpoint blockade, cell depletion techniques, and abrogation of other negative T cell regulators are being tested as strategies that might enhance adoptive T cell immunotherapy efficacy.
Jihoon Lee

Jihoon Lee

Title: Graduate Research Assistant
Mail Stop: D3-100
Area of Responsibility: Jihoon is an MD-PhD student interested in engineering TCR-T cell therapy to have enhanced persistence and long-term therapeutic activity. He is working on increasing the accuracy of T cell receptor targeting against tumor antigens and altering T cell molecular profiles to drive toward greater therapeutic persistence.
Natalie Duerkopp

Natalie Duerkopp

Title: Project Manager
Area of Responsibility: Natalie is an experienced and dedicated senior project manager in the Program in Immunology with more than 20 years of experience supporting clinical trials and leading effective, synergistic teams while ensuring that safety, regulatory and government standards are met. She is also Captain of Obliteride's Team T-cell promoting team spirit and and helping advance Fred Hutch's mission to cure cancer faster.
Menna Hailermariam

Menna Hailermariam

Title: Research Technician
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Aesha Vakil

Aesha Vakil

Title: Research Technician
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Magdalia Rodgers Suarez

Magdalia Rodgers Suarez

Title: Research Technician
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Cody Jenkins

Cody Jenkins

Title: Research Technician
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Shwetha Mureli

Shwetha Mureli

Title: Research Technician
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Kelsey Furiya

Kelsey Furiya

Title: Research Technician
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Jessica Webb

Jessica Webb

Title: Research Technician
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Lam Trieu

Lam Trieu

Title: Research Technician
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Angie Vazquez

Angie Vazquez

Title: Research Technician
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Giovany Gonzales

Giovany Gonzales

Title: Lab Aide
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Susan Ruskin

Susan Ruskin

Title: Research Technician
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Lena Wirth

Lena Wirth

Title: Lab Aide
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Jennifer Lam

Title: Research Technician
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Emily Chen

Emily Chen

Title: Intern
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