Christine Brown, Ph.D.
- Heritage Provider Network Professor in Immunotherapy
- Associate Director, T Cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory
- Research Professor, Departments of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Immuno-Oncology
Christine Brown, Ph.D.
- Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cell therapy for cancer, with particular focus on its application to brain tumors
- Brain tumor immunology
- Glioma cancer stem cells
Dr. Christine Brown is a faculty member in the Departments of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Immuno-Oncology.
As Associate Director of the T Cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory (TCTRL), Dr. Brown provides scientific oversight for the pre-clinical research program, as well as the ongoing clinical trial program focused on the development of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-engineered T cells for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Dr. Brown’s personal research efforts are focused on developing and refining re-directed CAR T cells for the treatment of malignant brain tumors.
Dr. Brown received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Leukemia & Lymphoma Scholar during her post-doctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State University. Her scientific contributions to the development and optimization of tumor-specific CAR T cells for the treatment of glioblastoma are supported by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and are the basis of an on-going phase I clinical trial which is supported by Gateway for Cancer Research and R01 FD005129.
- 2016 - present, Heritage Provider Network Professor in Immunotherapy, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- 2013 - present, Associate Director, T Cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- 2015 - present, Research Professor, Departments of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Immuno-Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- 2010 - 2015, Associate Research Professor, Departments of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Immuno-Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- 2005 - 2013, Group Leader, T cell Therapy Preclinical Research, Department of Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- 2002 - 2010, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
- Neuro-Oncology Disease Team
- Cancer Center Program Member, Cancer Immunotherapeutics Program
- 1992 - 1998, Ph.D., Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
- 1985 - 1990, Bachelor of Science, Combined Science - emphasis Biochemistry, minor Chemistry, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
- 1998 - 2001, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
My research is focused on the development of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy for the treatment of cancer. I conceptualize, perform and oversee studies to evaluate CAR design, T cell manufacturing, cell-based immunological assays and in vivo animal models. My primary independent research efforts are focused on the development of CAR T cell therapy for the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors.
As Associate Director of the T cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory (TCTRL), I also lead multi-functional teams to translate these therapies to the clinical, participating in all stages of the regulatory process.
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- Cui Q, Yang S, Ye P, Tian E, Sun G, et al. Downregulation of TLX induces TET3 expression and inhibits glioblastoma stem cell self-renewal and tumorigenesis. Nature communications. 2016; 7:10637. PubMed [journal] PMID: 26838672, PMCID:PMC4742843
- Hong H, Brown CE, Ostberg JR, Priceman SJ, Chang WC, et al. L1 Cell Adhesion Molecule-Specific Chimeric Antigen Receptor-Redirected Human T Cells Exhibit Specific and Efficient Antitumor Activity against Human Ovarian Cancer in Mice. PloS one. 2016; 11(1):e0146885. PubMed [journal] PMID: 26761817, PMCID: PMC4711972
- Priceman SJ, Forman SJ, Brown CE. Smart CARs engineered for cancer immunotherapy. Current opinion in oncology. 2015; 27(6):466-74. NIHMSID: NIHMS733405 PubMed [journal] PMID: 26352543, PMCID: PMC4659816
- Brown CE, Badie B, Barish ME, Weng L, Ostberg JR, et al. Bioactivity and Safety of IL13Rα2-Redirected Chimeric Antigen Receptor CD8+ T Cells in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. 2015; 21(18):4062-72. NIHMSID: NIHMS699687 PubMed [journal] PMID: 26059190, PMCID: PMC4632968
- Wang X, Wong CW, Urak R, Mardiros A, Budde LE, et al. CMVpp65 Vaccine Enhances the Antitumor Efficacy of Adoptively Transferred CD19-Redirected CMV-Specific T Cells. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. 2015; 21(13):2993-3002. NIHMSID: NIHMS677258 PubMed [journal] PMID: 25838392, PMCID: PMC4489991
- Jonnalagadda M, Mardiros A, Urak R, Wang X, Hoffman LJ, et al. Chimeric antigen receptors with mutated IgG4 Fc spacer avoid fc receptor binding and improve T cell persistence and antitumor efficacy. Molecular therapy : the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy. 2015; 23(4):757-68. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25366031, PMCID: PMC4395772
- Wen W, Liang W, Wu J, Kowolik CM, Buettner R, et al. Targeting JAK1/STAT3 signaling suppresses tumor progression and metastasis in a peritoneal model of human ovarian cancer. Molecular cancer therapeutics. 2014; 13(12):3037-48. NIHMSID: NIHMS634418 PubMed [journal] PMID: 25319391, PMCID: PMC4321961
- Thaci B, Brown CE, Binello E, Werbaneth K, Sampath P, et al. Significance of interleukin-13 receptor alpha 2-targeted glioblastoma therapy. Neuro-oncology. 2014; 16(10):1304-12. PubMed [journal] PMID: 24723564, PMCID: PMC4165413
- Herrmann A, Cherryholmes G, Schroeder A, Phallen J, Alizadeh D, et al. TLR9 is critical for glioma stem cell maintenance and targeting. Cancer research. 2014; 74(18):5218-28. NIHMSID: NIHMS614918 PubMed [journal] PMID: 25047528, PMCID: PMC4167470
- Hong H, Stastny M, Brown C, Chang WC, Ostberg JR, et al. Diverse solid tumors expressing a restricted epitope of L1-CAM can be targeted by chimeric antigen receptor redirected T lymphocytes. Journal of immunotherapy (Hagerstown, Md. : 1997). 2014; 37(2):93-104. PubMed [journal] PMID: 24509172
- American Association for Cancer Research
- American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy
- Society of Immunotherapy of Cancer
- Society of Neuro-Oncology
- Caltech/UCLA/CHLA/COH Engineered Immunity Consortium
- 1998, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- 2000, Scholar, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- 2012, Values in Action Award for Intellectual Curiosity, City of Hope
- 2013, Developmental Research Award Recipient, Lymphoma SPORE