Max Krummel, PhD

Professor
Department of Pathology
+1 415 514-3130
Research Overview: 

Our work focusses on understanding patterns of immune cell-cell interactions and how these generate “the immune system”. Our studies of the immune synapse have shown how T cells regulate their motility, how they signal through synapses while moving, how they communicate with each other during arrest, and how they ‘search’ a new tissue. These are all fundamental findings and provide a lens through which we understand T cell function.

Over the past four years, we have developed novel methods and computational platforms to understand immunological processes in space and in time within normal and diseased organs. We were the first to live-image events in progressive tumors in which incoming tumor-specific T cells are captured by a population of myeloid cells. I am tremendously excited that we have begun to develop a pipeline of next-generation protein immuno-therapeutics using imaging to ‘guide’ this development.

Concurrently, we co-developed a  imaging technologies that allow, for the first time, observation of the immune system in the homeostatic, infected/injured, allergic or metastatic lung. As with primary tumors, this latter focus has allowed us to dismiss many hypothetical immune scenarios and intensely study those that define the biology in situ. 

These studies define how the immune system is organizing over space and time and guides novel therapeutic solutions.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Immunology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Research Summary: 
The Immune Response in 4 Dimensions

Websites

Publications: 

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

Immunity

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

Visualizing Spatial and Stoichiometric Barriers to Bispecific T-cell Engager Efficacy.

Cancer immunology research

You R, Artichoker J, Ray A, Gonzalez Velozo H, Rock DA, Conner KP, Krummel MF

COVID-19-Associated Lung Microvascular Endotheliopathy: A "From the Bench" Perspective.

American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine

Joffre J, Rodriguez L, Matthay ZA, Lloyd E, Fields AT, Bainton RJ, Kurien P, Sil A, Calfee CS, Woodruff PG, Erle DJ, Hendrickson C, Krummel MF, Langelier CR, Matthay MA, Kornblith LZ, Hellman J, COMET consortium and the Co-ACIT Study Group

Tumor-associated macrophage heterogeneity is driven by tissue territories in breast cancer.

Cell reports

Laviron M, Petit M, Weber-Delacroix E, Combes AJ, Arkal AR, Barthélémy S, Courau T, Hume DA, Combadière C, Krummel MF, Boissonnas A

Spatiotemporal co-dependency between macrophages and exhausted CD8+ T cells in cancer.

Cancer cell

Kersten K, Hu KH, Combes AJ, Samad B, Harwin T, Ray A, Rao AA, Cai E, Marchuk K, Artichoker J, Courau T, Shi Q, Belk J, Satpathy AT, Krummel MF