Walter_Roland
Associate Member, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology
University of Washington
Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of Pathology and Epidemiology
University of Washington

Faculty Information

Biography

My translational and clinical research program is focused on human acute leukemia, in particular acute myeloid leukemia (AML). I am particularly interested in the preclinical and early clinical development of novel antigen-directed immunotherapies for acute leukemia and the delineation of the mechanisms of action and resistance that are relevant for these agents. Many of these studies are aimed at optimizing the use of CD33-targeted immunotherapy. We are also investigating the molecular and phenotypic characteristics of leukemia stem and progenitor cells to understand how antigen-directed immunotherapies can be best utilized to eliminate these cells. In clinical studies, I conduct trials testing novel treatments and innovative care approaches for acute leukemia patients. Furthermore, in collaborative research, I use large patient datasets to develop and improve diagnostic and prognostic tools in acute leukemia.

 

Education & Training: 
Medical School
University of Zurich
Switzerland
1990-1996
M.D. Faculty of Medicine
University of Zurich
Switzerland
1997
Resident, Internal Medicine
Ratisches Kantons- und Regionalspital
Chur, Switzerland
1997-1999
Resident, Internal Medicine
University Hospital
Zurich, Switzerland
1999-2002
Ph.D.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
2006
Research Fellow, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA
2002-2008
Fellow
Division of Hematology, University of Washington
Seattle, WA
2005-2007
M.S. (Epidemiology, Clinical Research)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
2011