My laboratory studies the natural killer (NK) cell and the molecules that control its ability to recognize and kill cancer and virally infected cells. Improved understanding of how NK cells behave is critical to advancing our ability to harness their innate capacity for tumor recognition and eradication. Therefore, an important component of my research focuses on the basic biology of the NK cell, identifying the molecules involved in controlling NK reactivity, and determining the laboratory and clinical conditions under which NK activity can be modified.

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Katharine C. Hsu, MD, PhD

Research Focus

Physician-scientist Katharine Hsu studies the biology of human natural killer cells and how they contribute to disease processes.


  • Boudreau JE, Liu X-R, Zhao Z, Zhang A, Shultz LD, Greiner DL, Dupont B, Hsu KC. Cell-extrinsic MHC class I molecule engagement augments NK cell education programmed by cell-intrinsic MHC class I. Immunity. 2016. In press.
  • Shaffer BCLe Ludec JBForlenza CJakubowski AAPerales MAYoung JWHsu KC. Phase II study of haploidentical natural killer cell infusion for treatment of relapsed or persistent myeloid malignancies following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016. 22(4): 705-9. PMID: 26772158.
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