Kole Roybal, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    UT Southwestern Medical Center Ph.D.2013Immunology
    Austin CollegeB.A.2005Biology
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    NIH - National Cancer Institute2018  - 2023NIH New Innovator Award
    Science Magazine & Sartorius2018Award for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy
    Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy2017Member Researcher
    Chan Zuckerberg Biohub2017Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator
    Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund2014  - 2017Postdoctoral Fellowship
    National Institutes of Health2007  - 2010Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

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    In the Roybal Lab we harness the tools of synthetic and chemical biology to enhance the therapeutic potential of engineered immune cells. We take a comprehensive approach to cellular engineering by developing new synthetic receptors, signal transduction cascades, and cellular response programs to enhance the safety and effectiveness of adoptive cell therapies. We also study the logic of natural cellular signaling systems, and the underlying principles of cellular communication and collective cell behavior during an immune response.

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    Engineering the Next-generation of Custom Immune Cell Therapies
    NIH/NCI DP2CA239143Sep 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Azimi CS, Tang Q, Roybal KT, Bluestone JA. NextGen cell-based immunotherapies in cancer and other immune disorders. Curr Opin Immunol. 2019 May 06; 59:79-87. PMID: 31071513.
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    2. Pai CS, Huang JT, Lu X, Simons DM, Park C, Chang A, Tamaki W, Liu E, Roybal KT, Seagal J, Chen M, Hagihara K, Wei XX, DuPage M, Kwek SS, Oh DY, Daud A, Tsai KK, Wu C, Zhang L, Fasso M, Sachidanandam R, Jayaprakash A, Lin I, Casbon AJ, Kinsbury GA, Fong L. Clonal Deletion of Tumor-Specific T Cells by Interferon-? Confers Therapeutic Resistance to Combination Immune Checkpoint Blockade. Immunity. 2019 Feb 19; 50(2):477-492.e8. PMID: 30737146.
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    3. Roybal KT. Refining cell therapy. Science. 2018 Mar 09; 359(6380):1112-1113. PMID: 29590036.
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    4. Roybal KT, Lim WA. Synthetic Immunology: Hacking Immune Cells to Expand Their Therapeutic Capabilities. Annu Rev Immunol. 2017 04 26; 35:229-253. PMID: 28446063.
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    5. Rupp LJ, Schumann K, Roybal KT, Gate RE, Ye CJ, Lim WA, Marson A. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated PD-1 disruption enhances anti-tumor efficacy of human chimeric antigen receptor T cells. Sci Rep. 2017 04 07; 7(1):737. PMID: 28389661.
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    6. Roybal KT, Williams JZ, Morsut L, Rupp LJ, Kolinko I, Choe JH, Walker WJ, McNally KA, Lim WA. Engineering T Cells with Customized Therapeutic Response Programs Using Synthetic Notch Receptors. Cell. 2016 Oct 06; 167(2):419-432.e16. PMID: 27693353.
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    7. Roybal KT, Buck TE, Ruan X, Cho BH, Clark DJ, Ambler R, Tunbridge HM, Zhang J, Verkade P, Wülfing C, Murphy RF. Computational spatiotemporal analysis identifies WAVE2 and cofilin as joint regulators of costimulation-mediated T cell actin dynamics. Sci Signal. 2016 Apr 19; 9(424):rs3. PMID: 27095595; PMCID: PMC4871116 [Available on 10/19/16].
    8. Morsut L, Roybal KT, Xiong X, Gordley RM, Coyle SM, Thomson M, Lim WA. Engineering Customized Cell Sensing and Response Behaviors Using Synthetic Notch Receptors. Cell. 2016 Feb 11; 164(4):780-91. PMID: 26830878; PMCID: PMC4752866 [Available on 02/11/17].
    9. Roybal KT, Rupp LJ, Morsut L, Walker WJ, McNally KA, Park JS, Lim WA. Precision Tumor Recognition by T Cells With Combinatorial Antigen-Sensing Circuits. Cell. 2016 Feb 11; 164(4):770-9. PMID: 26830879; PMCID: PMC4752902 [Available on 02/11/17].
    10. Wu CY, Roybal KT, Puchner EM, Onuffer J, Lim WA. Remote control of therapeutic T cells through a small molecule-gated chimeric receptor. Science. 2015 Oct 16; 350(6258):aab4077. PMID: 26405231.
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    11. Roybal KT, Mace EM, Clark DJ, Leard AD, Herman A, Verkade P, Orange JS, Wülfing C. Modest Interference with Actin Dynamics in Primary T Cell Activation by Antigen Presenting Cells Preferentially Affects Lamellal Signaling. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0133231. PMID: 26237588.
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    12. Roybal KT, Mace EM, Mantell JM, Verkade P, Orange JS, Wülfing C. Early Signaling in Primary T Cells Activated by Antigen Presenting Cells Is Associated with a Deep and Transient Lamellal Actin Network. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0133299. PMID: 26237050; PMCID: PMC4523204.
    13. Wu CY, Rupp LJ, Roybal KT, Lim WA. Synthetic biology approaches to engineer T cells. Curr Opin Immunol. 2015 Aug; 35:123-30. PMID: 26218616; PMCID: PMC4553068.
    14. Wülfing C, Roybal KT.Cellular structures controlling T cell signaling in time and space. Encyclopedia of Cell Biology. 2015; 677-686.
    15. Huber JP, Gonzales-van Horn SR, Roybal KT, Gill MA, Farrar JD. IFN-a suppresses GATA3 transcription from a distal exon and promotes H3K27 trimethylation of the CNS-1 enhancer in human Th2 cells. J Immunol. 2014 Jun 15; 192(12):5687-94. PMID: 24813204.
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    16. Furlan SN, Mandraju R, Brewer T, Roybal K, Troutman TD, Hu W, Palm NW, Unni A, Pasare C. Enhancement of anti-tumor CD8 immunity by IgG1-mediated targeting of Fc receptors. MAbs. 2014 Jan-Feb; 6(1):108-18. PMID: 24284965; PMCID: PMC3929435.
    17. Roybal KT, Sinai P, Verkade P, Murphy RF, Wülfing C. The actin-driven spatiotemporal organization of T-cell signaling at the system scale. Immunol Rev. 2013 Nov; 256(1):133-47. PMID: 24117818.
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    18. Falcon E, Ozburn A, Mukherjee S, Roybal K, McClung CA. Differential regulation of the period genes in striatal regions following cocaine exposure. PLoS One. 2013; 8(6):e66438. PMID: 23776671.
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    19. Roybal KT, Wülfing C. New TACTICS for finding Numb. Immunol Cell Biol. 2013 Jan; 91(1):1-2. PMID: 23183270.
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    20. Eitson JL, Medeiros JJ, Hoover AR, Srivastava S, Roybal KT, Aínsa JA, Hansen EJ, Gumbo T, van Oers NS. Mycobacterial shuttle vectors designed for high-level protein expression in infected macrophages. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Oct; 78(19):6829-37. PMID: 22820329; PMCID: PMC3457510.
    21. DeFord-Watts LM, Dougall DS, Belkaya S, Johnson BA, Eitson JL, Roybal KT, Barylko B, Albanesi JP, Wülfing C, van Oers NS. The CD3 zeta subunit contains a phosphoinositide-binding motif that is required for the stable accumulation of TCR-CD3 complex at the immunological synapse. J Immunol. 2011 Jun 15; 186(12):6839-47. PMID: 21543646; PMCID: PMC3110614.
    22. Sinai P, Roybal KT, Wülfing C. Tentative and transient natural killer cell polarization balances the requirements for discriminatory recognition and cytolytic efficacy. Commun Integr Biol. 2010 Nov; 3(6):545-8. PMID: 21331235.
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    23. Roybal KT, Wülfing C. Inhibiting the inhibitor of the inhibitor: blocking PKC-theta to enhance regulatory T cell function. Sci Signal. 2010 Jul 27; 3(132):pe24. PMID: 20664063.
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    24. Singleton KL, Roybal KT, Sun Y, Fu G, Gascoigne NR, van Oers NS, Wülfing C. Spatiotemporal patterning during T cell activation is highly diverse. Sci Signal. 2009 Apr 07; 2(65):ra15. PMID: 19351954.
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    25. Roybal K, Theobold D, Graham A, DiNieri JA, Russo SJ, Krishnan V, Chakravarty S, Peevey J, Oehrlein N, Birnbaum S, Vitaterna MH, Orsulak P, Takahashi JS, Nestler EJ, Carlezon WA, McClung CA. Mania-like behavior induced by disruption of CLOCK. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Apr 10; 104(15):6406-11. PMID: 17379666.
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