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Alexander Marson, MD, PhD

Professor, UCSF, Microbiology and Immunology and Scientific Director of Biomedicine, Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI)


Our group employs an integrative genomics approach to decode the genetic programs governing CD4+ T-cell sub-specialization. We study the molecular circuitry that governs differentiation of pro-inflammatory and regulatory T cells, and the ways in which mutations affecting this circuitry contribute to immune dysregulation in human disease. We aim to connect the transcriptional regulatory circuitry of T cells to human genetic studies and functional genomic screens to advance understanding of specialized CD4+ T-cell functions and potentially generate novel therapeutic strategies for immune-mediated diseases.

Education & Training

  • 2016: UCSF Medical Center, Research Fellow in UCSF Sandler Fellows Program, Clinical Fellow in Division of Infectious Diseases
  • 2012: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Intern and Resident, Department of Internal Medicine
  • 2010: Harvard Medical School, MD, PhD
  • 2008: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD, Biology
  • 2002: University of Cambridge, MPhil, Biology

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Young Physician-Scientist Award
  • 2016 Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Career Award for Medical Scientists
  • 2016 NIDA/NIH Avenir New Innovator Award
  • 2017 Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator