Cellular Therapy



  • Prepare trainees for the role of clinical, medical or scientific director of a CT research, development, or manufacturing group.
  • Develop skills in translational research, clinical consultation, clinical trials, GMP manufacturing, and emerging technologies.


Jonathan H. Esensten, MD, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Associate Director, Herbert Perkins Cellular Therapy & Transfusion Medicine Fellowship
UCSF Department of Laboratory Medicine
Medical Director, UCSF HICTF and GMP Facility
Medical Director, UCSF Cell Therapy Development Laboratory
Co-director, Regulatory T Cell Manufacturing Group

Mailing/Shipping Address:
Laboratory Medicine, Box 2240
1700 4th Street, MC 2540
Byers Hall Room 409
San Francisco, CA 94158

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 443-3890
Website: https://celltherapy.ucsf.edu

The cellular therapy training is at two sites: 1) the UCSF HICTF GMP Facility, a newly renovated manufacturing space dedicated to experimental cellular therapies, and 2) the UCSF Cell Therapy Development Laboratory, which specializes in translation of preclinical cellular therapy concepts into products ready for phase 1 trials. Faculty at these sites include leaders in the fields of regulatory T cell therapy, genetic engineering of T cells, and T cell therapies for cancer.

6 months for UCSF residents
12 months for non-UCSF applicants


Jennifer Doudna, PhD
HHMI Investigator
Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences
Depts. of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry

Mailing/Shipping Address:
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94704

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (510) 643-0113
Website: https://innovativegenomics.org

Alex Marson MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
Mailing/Shipping Address:

Mailing/Shipping Address:
513 Parnassus Ave. 
Health Sciences West (Lab: HSW 1002; Office: HSW 1053) 
San Francisco, CA 94143-0534

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 502-2611
Web Sites: https://profiles.ucsf.edu/alexander.marson | https://marsonlab.ucsf.edu

Lisa H. Butterfield, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, UCSF
Vice President, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Research Center
Mailing/Shipping Address:
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

Mailing/Shipping Address:
1 Letterman Dr., Suite D3500
San Francisco, CA 94129

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (628) 899-7598
Website: https://www.parkerici.org/person/lisa-butterfield-phd

Shibani Pati, MD, PhD
Associate Professor in Residence
Scientific Director of Cellular Therapies
Department of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF

Mailing/Shipping Address:
Laboratory Medicine, Box 0100
513 Parnassus Avenue, HSE-715
San Francisco, CA 94143

Email: [email protected]
Web Site: https://pathology.ucsf.edu/about/faculty/shibani-pati-md-phd
Phone (415) 502-1634

Elena Nedelcu, MD
Associate Professor
Assistant Medical Director
Department of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF

Mailing/Shipping Address:
UCSF Medical Center
505 Parnassus M501E
San Francisco, CA 94143

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 502-1634
Web Site: https://profiles.ucsf.edu/elena.nedelcu

Sonja Schrepfer, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery, UCSF
Transplant and Stem Cell Immunobiology Lab
Medical Sciences S1207

Mailing/Shipping Address:
513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143-2205

Phone: (415) 502-8742
Website: http://tsi.ucsf.edu

Qizhi Tang, PhD
Professor in Residence, Surgery
Department of Surgery, UCSF
Transplantation Research Lab

Mailing/Shipping Address:
513 Parnassus Ave, Room HSE 520
San Francisco, CA 94143-0780

Phone: (415) 476-0789
Website: https://tanglab.ucsf.edu/