Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Performing Genome Surgery in Immune Cells with Alexander Marson, MD, PhD

Speaker: Alexander Marson, MD, PhD


Alex Marson is an Associate Professor at UCSF and scientific director of biomedicine at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI). His research goal is to understand the genetic circuits that control human immune cell function. His lab has developed new tools to accomplish efficient genome engineering in primary human immune cells with CRISPR. With this technology scientists can now readily re-write specific sequences in human cells and interrogate the biological effects. These advances in genome editing will accelerate fundamental insights into how immune cells are "wired" and have great potential to enhance the next generation of cell-based immunotherapies for cancer, infectious diseases, organ transplantation and autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Marson completed his MD/PhD training at Harvard/MIT, Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s and Infectious Diseases fellowship at UCSF. Alex was a UCSF Sandler Faculty Fellow from 2013-2016. Since 2016 he has been a UCSF faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, with joint appointments in the Department of Medicine and the UCSF Diabetes Center.  He is also a member of the Innovative Genomics Institute and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Marson has been recognized with the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Young Physician-Scientist Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Career Award for Medical Scientists, and the NIDA/NIH Avenir New Innovator Award. In 2017, he was named one of the inaugural Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Parnassus Campus, HSW-300 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143

Event Type

Grand Rounds


School of Medicine


Students, Faculty, Local Community, Alumni



Department of Medicine
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