Takemasa Tsuji, PhD

Takemasa Tsuji, PhD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Assistant Member, Center for Immunotherapy
Assistant Member, Department of Immunology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Special Interests: 
Utilizing tumor antigen-specific CD4+ T cells to maximize the therapeutic effect of cancer immunotherapy
Development of therapeutic gene products (T cell receptors and chimeric antigen receptors) for adoptive T cell therapy
Identification of immunotherapy targets
Characterizing spontaneous and vaccine-induced immune responses against tumor antigens


Dr. Takemasa Tsuji joined the faculty in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Center for Immunotherapy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. After obtaining his PhD, he conducted laboratory experiments as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratories of Dr. Takashi Nishimura (Hokkaido University, JAPAN), Dr. Lloyd J. Old (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Institute/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY), and Dr. Kunle Odunsi (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, NY). His research during postdoctoral training has been focused on understanding the mechanisms of immunologic recognition of human cancers such that specific immunotherapies can be applied on a personalized basis.


Education and Training: 
1999 - PhD (Science) - Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido
1996 - MS - Graduate School of Science, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, Aomori
2013 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
2012 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
2005 - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Immunology - Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido
2000 - Research Fellowship - Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Professional Memberships: 
American Association of Cancer Research