Turtle Lab

Turtle Lab

Group photo of the Turtle Lab

Our Research

Welcome to the Turtle LabThe Turtle Laboratory in the Fred Hutch Program in Immunology is focused on understanding the characteristics of distinct subsets of human T cell subsets, their potential utility for tumor immunotherapy and their role in immune reconstitution after hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT).  Our research is focused on: Genetic engineering of T cells for adoptive therapy of B-cell malignancies; chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapy of acute myeloid leukemia; and immune reconstitution after HCT.

Featured Publications

Blood 2016

Gardner R, Wu D, Cherian S, Fang M, Hanafi LA, Finney O, Smithers H, Jensen MC, Riddell SR, Maloney DG, Turtle CJAcquisition of a CD19-negative myeloid phenotype allows immune escape of MLL-rearranged B-ALL from CD19 CAR-T-cell therapy.

Blood 2011

Turtle CJ, Delrow J, Joslyn RC, Swanson HM, Basom R, Tabellini L, Delaney C, Heimfeld S, Hansen JA, Riddell SR. Innate signals overcome acquired TCR signaling pathway regulation and govern the fate of human CD161(hi) CD8alpha(+) semi-invariant T cells.

Immunity 2009

Turtle CJ, Swanson HM, Fujii N, Estey EH, Riddell SR. A distinct subset of self-renewing human memory CD8+ T cells survives cytotoxic chemotherapy.

About the Program in Immunology

Investigators in The Program in Immunology are learning how immune cells respond to disease and how to safely enhance immune responses to better control, cure and potentially prevent cancers and other serious diseases. Nobel Prize-winning work on bone marrow transplantation began in the 1960s at the Fred Hutch, and provided the first definitive example of the immune system’s curative power. Fred Hutch researchers went on to show that donor immune T cells play a major role in successful transplant outcomes. In the 1990s, Program in Immunology investigators proved that antigen-specific T cells can be isolated, expanded in the laboratory and adoptively transferred to patients to augment T cell immunity. Techniques have since been developed to genetically engineer T cells to enhance their survival and their anti-cancer activities. And, studies are now showing how to use other types of immune cells to boost therapeutic immune responses. With our depth and breadth of expertise, we are advancing a detailed understanding of immunological processes and developing revolutionary immunotherapies to fight disease.