Understanding Immune Hubs to Improve Immunotherapy
Our lab studies the cellular interactions that shape immune responses in human tumors, focusing on how these responses are regulated. Using a combination of large-scale genomic analyses and tissue imaging approaches, we have identified hubs in tumor tissues where tumor cells come into close contact with immune cells. By characterizing the cells in these hubs, and the gene networks that are turned on in these cells, our lab aims to uncover novel ways to harness the immune system in the fight against cancer.
We are a brand new lab located at the Gladstone Institutes in sunny Mission Bay looking for passionate students and postdoctoral fellows to join us in our mission to decode the cellular interaction networks that shape immune responses in human tumors. We are excited to grow into a cross-disciplinary, collaborative and diverse lab that includes clinicians, immunologists, geneticists, cancer researchers, and computational biologists.
Recent Lab News
The Pelka Lab had the pleasure of attending the CRISPR Cures for Cancer Symposium held at Gladstone. Sara organized an IGE Symposium where Han presented! Towards the end of the month, Karin was invited to speak at the 18th International Congress of Immunology in Cape Town. Exciting month for the Pelka Lab!
2023 ended on a high note with a Holiday lab outing at Getiara’s place! Check out our Event’s page for more pictures.
This month, Anna and Alisa both attended the SITC Winterschool in Austin, Texas, and Karin was invited to the 2024 SU2C Scientific Summit in Coronado Bay!