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Pathology & Immunology

Houston, Texas

Pathology and Immunology
Pathology & Immunology
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Stephen Gottschalk, M.D. - Faculty

Stephen Gottschalk photoAssociate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics- Section of Hematology/Oncology, and Pathology & Immunology

Medical School, University of Göttingen, Germany - M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cell Biology
Baylor College of Medicine - Pediatric Resident
Baylor College of Medicine - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Research Interests:

We are interested in the immunotherapy for virus-associated malignancies and diseases. Immunotherapy with cytotoxic T-cells (CTL) is increasingly used as therapy for malignancies and viral infections. This therapeutic approach has the major advantage of offering specific killing of malignant or viral infected cells with minimal side effects. Our research is focused on a) Epstein-Barr virus associated malignancies such as Hodgkin’s disease and nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and b) HER2-positive malignancies including brain tumors and sarcomas. We are currently conducting Phase I/II clinical studies using antigen-specific CTL and in the laboratory are investigating strategies on how to improve T-cell therapies for cancer.

Selected Publications since 2005:

  • Gottschalk S, Heslop HE, Rooney CM (2005). Adoptive Immunotherapy for EBV-associated Malignancies. Leukemia & Lymphoma 46(1):1-10
  • Pacheco ES, Gottschalk S, Gresik MV, Dishop MK, Okamura T, McCormick T (2005). Chronic active Epstein Barr Viurs (CAEBV) infection of NK cells presenting as severe skin reaction to mosquito bites. J Allergy Clin Immunol 116(2):470-2.
  • Bollard CM, Gottschalk S, Huls MH, Molldrem J, Przepoirka D, Rooney CM, Heslop HE (2006). In vivo expansion of LMP1 and 2-specific T cells in a patient who received donor-derived EBV-specific T cells after allogenic stem cell transplantation. Leukemia & Lymphoma 47(5):837-842

  • Savoldo B, Goss JA, Hammer MM, Zhang L, Lopez T, Gee AP, Lin YF, Quiros-Tejeira RE, Reinke P, Schubert S, Gottschalk S, Finegold MJ, Brenner MK, Rooney CM, Heslop HE (2006). Treatmet of solid organ transplant recipients with autologous Epstein-Barr Virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL). Blood 108(9):2942-9.
  • Kennedy-Nasser AA, Leung KS, Mahajan A, Weiss HL, Acre JA, Gottschalk S, Carrum G, Khan SP, Heslop HE, Brenner MK, Bollard CM, Krance RA (2006). Comparable Outcome of matched related and alternative donor stem cell transplantation for pediatric severe aplastic anemia. BBMT 12(12):1277-1284
  • Leen A, Ratnayake M, Foster A, Heym K, Ahmed N, Rooney CM, Gottschalk S (2007). Contact activated Monocytes: efficient antigen presenting cells for the stimulation of antigen-specific T cells. J Immunother 30:96-107
  • Seiler MP, Gottschalk S, Cerullo V, Ratnayake M, Mane VP, Clarke C, Ng P, Palmer J, Rooney CM, Lee B (2007). Dendritic Cell function after gene transfer with adenovirus-calcium phosphate co-precipitates. Mol Ther 15(2):386-92
  • Ahmed A, Ratnayake M, Savoldo B, Perlaky L, Dotti G, Wels WS, Bhattacharjee MB, Gilbertson RJ, Shine HD, Weiss HL, Rooney CM, Heslop HE, Gottschalk S (2007). Regression of experimental medulloblastoma following transfer of HER2-specific T cells. Cancer Res 67(12):5957-64
  • Louis CU, Paulino AC, Gottschalk S, Bertuch AA, Chintagumpala M, Heslop HE, Russell HV (2007). A single institution experience with pediatric nasopharyngeal carcinoma: High incidence

Contact Information:

6621 Fannin St., MC 3-3320
Houston, Texas 77030-2399
Fax: 832-825-4732


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