Cancer Center Research

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Immunotherapy Research and Development


Steven C. Katz, MD
Wesleyan University, BA
New York University, MD
General Surgery Residency, New York University
Immunology Research Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Focus/role in lab
Dr. Katz is the Director of the Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship and the Director of the Surgical Immunotherapy His clinical interests include treatment of liver tumors, pancreas tumors, melanoma, and sarcoma. Dr. Katz is focused on using his basic science immunology work to drive development of novel immunotherapies for liver tumors and sarcoma. Thus far, Dr. Katz has tested two treatment approaches in phase I clinical trials, HITM (https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01373047?term=katz+T+cells&rank=1) and HITM-SIR (https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02416466?term=katz+T+cells&rank=2).  

Prajna Guha Ph.D
St. John's University in Molecular Biology
Focus/role in lab
“Cancer Immunotherapy and Gene Therapy"
Bringing the gene therapy vectors and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) constructs tested in the laboratory to the cGMP laboratory for clinical trials. Optimizing and developing strategies, write and review SOPs for cGMP facility.

Marissa Cunetta, BA
Undergraduate degree in Biology from Assumption College, Worcester, MA.
Focus/role in lab
Katz lab research assistant and  GMP Production/Quality Control lab assistant

Jillian Gardell
Bachelors of Science in Biology
Salisbury University (undergrad)
Focus/role in lab
Research Assistant

Matthew Lima, BS
Undergraduate Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University
Focus/role in lab
Katz Lab Research Assistant

Josephine Darpolor, SC.B '16
4th year Undergraduate in Immunobiology from Brown University, Providence, RI.
Focus/Role in lab
Katz lab volunteer