I have a research focus in adoptive T cell therapy using chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) and checkpoint inhibitors. My current interest is on the design of next generation of CARs and combination checkpoint immunotherapy in the setting of a tolerant/suppressive tumor microenvironment in solid malignancies.
Translating recent advancements in cellular cancer immunotherapy to metastatic solid tumors has been especially challenging, and this is highlighted by the lack clinical response outside of the CD19 ideal antigen as target. Current forms of therapy is likely insufficient to overcome the naturally tolerogenic microenvironment evolved to protect against autoimmunity across organ sites. Using the liver as a model organ of immune tolerance, we discovered the putative mechanisms of tumor escape to checkpoint inhibitor therapy in the setting of liver metastases and are now working on developing strategies to overcome them.
My hope is to see cancer immunotherapeutics become a mainstream form treatment that is capable of providing durable and curative responses for stage IV cancers.
Past Professional Experience:
Clinical Instructor, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. July 2012-July 2013
Clinical Instructor, University of California, San Francisco, CA. July 2013-July 2014
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. September 2003-May 2009
Research Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. 2006-2009.
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY. July 2009-June 2012
ABIM Board Certifications:
Internal Medicine. 2012
Medical Oncology. 2021