Matthew Spitzer, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Description: 

The Spitzer Lab is working to develop our understanding of how the immune system coordinates its responses across the organism with an emphasis on tumor immunology. We combine methods in experimental immunology and cancer biology with computation to understand the modes in which the immune system can respond to tumors and to rationally initiate curative immune responses against cancer.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Research Summary: 
Systems approaches to understand immune responses, particularly to cancer
Mentorship Development: 

3/3/20    Promoting Student Mental Health:A Presentation and Discussion (Staff and Faculty)
11/10/20    Optimizing the Efficiency of Your Lab
12/8/20    Setting Expectations with a "Welcome to the Lab' Letter (Parts 1 and 2)



Mass cytometry reveals a conserved immune trajectory of recovery in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.


Burnett CE, Okholm TLH, Tenvooren I, Marquez DM, Tamaki S, Munoz Sandoval P, Willmore A, UCSF COMET Consortium, Hendrickson CM, Kangelaris KN, Langelier CR, Krummel MF, Woodruff PG, Calfee CS, Erle DJ, Ansel KM, Spitzer MH

A cytotoxic-skewed immune set point predicts low neutralizing antibody levels after Zika virus infection.

Cell reports

McCarthy EE, Odorizzi PM, Lutz E, Smullin CP, Tenvooren I, Stone M, Simmons G, Hunt PW, Feeney ME, Norris PJ, Busch MP, Spitzer MH, Rutishauser RL

Lymph node colonization induces tumor-immune tolerance to promote distant metastasis.


Reticker-Flynn NE, Zhang W, Belk JA, Basto PA, Escalante NK, Pilarowski GOW, Bejnood A, Martins MM, Kenkel JA, Linde IL, Bagchi S, Yuan R, Chang S, Spitzer MH, Carmi Y, Cheng J, Tolentino LL, Choi O, Wu N, Kong CS, Gentles AJ, Sunwoo JB, Satpathy AT, Plevritis SK, Engleman EG

Postmitotic G1 phase survivin drives mitogen-independent cell division of B lymphocytes.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Singh A, Spitzer MH, Joy JP, Kaileh M, Qiu X, Nolan GP, Sen R

Variation of Immune Cell Responses in Humans Reveals Sex-Specific Coordinated Signaling Across Cell Types.

Frontiers in immunology

Fragiadakis GK, Bjornson-Hooper ZB, Madhireddy D, Sachs K, Chen H, McIlwain DR, Spitzer MH, Bendall SC, Nolan GP