About the Comparative Immunotherapy Program

The comparative immunotherapy program actively fosters and supports interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships across departments and schools within the University of Pennsylvania and beyond, that engage in comparative translational research. The program leverages the depth and breadth of expertise of faculty, particularly in the fields of immunobiology and immunotherapy, to expedite the translation of safe and effective cutting edge treatments for both companion animals and their humans. Programs within the program include organ transplantation, autoimmunity and inflammation, immuno-oncology and infectious disease.

Program Leaders
Dr. Nicola Mason, Canine Cancer Studies Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS
  • Director, Comparative Immunotherapy Program
    James & Gilmore Professor of Medicine
Antonia Rotolo  Antonia Rotolo, MD, PhD

  • Director, Effector Cell Therapies
Allison Ardon   Allison Ardon
  • Assistant to the Director

Affiliated Faculty

Jorge Alvarez, BSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathobiology
Department of Pathobiology

Lillian Aronson, BS, VMD
Professor, Surgery
Department of Clinical Studies

Molly Church, MS, VMD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathobiology
Department of Pathobiology

Stephen Cole, MS, VMD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Microbiology
Department of Pathology

Raimon Duran-Struuck, B.S., DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathobiology
Department of Pathobiology

Michael J. Hogan, PhD
Assistant Professor,  Pathobiology
Department of Pathobiology

Emmelyn Hsieh
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Department of Clinical Studies

Elizabeth Lennon, DVM, PhD
Pamela Cole Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Department of Clinical Studies

Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD
Professor, Medicine and Pathobiology
Department of Pathobiology

Erica Reineke
Associate Professor, Emergency & Critical Care
Department of Clinical Studies

Antonia Rotolo, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Immuno-Biology
Department of Pathobiology

Donald L. Siegel, PhD, MD
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Kristy Weber, MD
Abramson Family Professor in Sarcoma Care Excellence
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Study shows promise for iNKT cell platform to treat cancer
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