Breanna Allen
PhD Student, BMS Program
 
Bree received her B.S. in Neurobiology at Stanford University, where she studied the cellular composition of cerebral arteriovenous malformations in the labs of Dr. Steven Chang and Dr. Gary Steinberg. After graduating in 2014, she worked for 2 years as a Jr. specialist at UCSF in Dr. Donald McDonald's lab investigating Angiopoietin-2 function in inflammation-mediated vascular remodeling. Currently, she is a UCSF BMS graduate student in Dr. Matthew Spitzer's lab using Mass Cytometry and data computation to investigate how brain tumor development impacts systemic immune function & organization.

 

 
 
Kamir Hiam
PhD Student, BMS Program
 
Kamir began his scientific training bouncing around labs at NASA, Kennesaw State University, Fred Hutch, and Georgia Institute of Technology. He studied a wide range of topics including transcriptional regulation in extremophiles, epidermal tumorigenesis, and proteolytic network dysfunction before settling at UCSF for graduate training and becoming interested in tumor immunology. Currently, Kamir is utilizing high dimensional single-cell methods and mouse models of breast cancer to understand how immune signaling networks are altered with tumor burden.

 

 

 
 
Lauren Levine, MD

Clinical Fellow, Medical Oncology 

Lauren received her A.B. in the Biological Sciences with a Specialization in Immunology at the University of Chicago, where she studied mechanisms of linear differentiation of CD8 memory T cells during LCMV infection in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Ashton-Rickardt. Over the course of her medical training at New York Medical College and Washington University in St. Louis in the laboratories and clinics of Drs. Jedd Wolchok and Gerald Linette, she studied innate and adaptive immune responses to diverse therapeutic strategies for melanoma including TLR9 and OX40 agonists and dendritic cell vaccination. As a fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Spitzer, she currently researches the contribution of systemic immune homeostasis in the successful rejection of solid tumors.

 

 
 
Matt Spitzer, PhD
Principal Investigator
 
Matt completed his training in Immunology at Stanford University in the laboratories of Garry Nolan and Edgar Engleman. There, he developed experimental and analytical methods to model the state of the immune system using high dimensional single-cell data. This led Matt to develop the first reference map of the immune system, providing a framework into which new data can be integrated and compared for system-wide analysis. At Stanford, he also developed new strategies for inducing powerful immune responses against cancer. Matt moved to UCSF in the summer of 2016 as a UCSF Parker Fellow and a Sandler Faculty Fellow

 

Iliana Tenvooren
Assistant Specialist
 
Iliana grew up in France where she did a Master’s degree in Genetics at UCBL Lyon and Purdue University. Before UCSF she worked as an associate researcher at Wake Forest University where she studied the correlation between obesity and the initiation of breast cancer. Currently, she is a Jr. specialist in Dr. Spitzer’s lab, where she uses Mass Cytometry and data computation to investigate how the immune system is organized to create a line of defense against cancer development.