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.
Katharine C. Hsu, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Research FocusPhysician-scientist Katharine Hsu studies the biology of human natural killer cells and how they contribute to disease processes.
- Askar M, Sobecks R, Wang T, Haagenson T, Majhail N, Madbouly A, Thomas D, Zhang A, Fleischhauer K, Hsu K, Verneris M, Lee SJ, Spellman SR, Fernández-Viña M. MHC class I chain-related gene A (MICA) donor-recipient mismatches and MICA-129 polymorphism in unrelated donor hematopoietic cell transplantations has no impact on outcomes in acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, or myelodysplastic syndrome: a Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Study. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016. 23:436-444.
- Lindsley RC, Saber W, Mar BG, Redd R, Wang T, Haagenson MD, Grauman PV, Hu Z-H, Spellman SR, Lee SJ, Verneris MR, Hsu K, Fleischhauer K, Cutler C, Antin JH, Neuberg D, Ebert BL. Genetic alterations predict outcomes in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. N Engl J Med. 2017. 376:536-547