Courtney Crane, PhD

Courtney Crane, PhD

Children's Title: Principal Investigator, Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research

"Children with brain tumors are limited to treatments like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that can have lifelong side effects. My research focuses on developing safer and more effective treatments using cellular immunotherapy techniques that could wipe out the cancer and eliminate the potential devastating impact of todays treatments. I am optimistic that immunotherapy will bring the possibility of a one-time curative treatment for solid tumor cancer within our reach."

  • Dr. Courtney Crane is a principal investigator at the Ben Towne Center and an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her lab is unraveling how cancer cells disarm immune cells, with the goal of finding ways to reprogram those immune cells so they can elude cancer's defenses.

    Crane received her PhD from the University of Virginia and completed a research fellowship in the department of neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Medical/Professional School

University of Virginia, Charlottesville


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco

Research Description

Dr. Crane's major area of interest is in the identification of novel targets for cellular immunotherapies for patients with malignant brain tumors.

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