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Matthew H. Spitzer, PhD

Assistant Professional Researcher, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology


Matt completed his training in Immunology at Stanford University in the laboratories of Garry Nolan and Edgar Engleman. There, he developed experimental and analytical methods to model the state of the immune system using high dimensional single-cell data. This led Matt to develop the first reference map of the immune system, providing a framework into which new data can be integrated and compared for system-wide analysis. At Stanford, he also developed new strategies for inducing powerful immune responses against cancer. Matt moved to UCSF in the summer of 2016 as a UCSF Parker Fellow and a Sandler Faculty Fellow.

Education & Training

  • 2016: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Immunology
  • 2011: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., BS, Biology, Economics

Awards & Honors

  • 2016: Early Independence Award, Office of the Director, NIH; Sean N. Parker Faculty Fellow, UCSF; Sandler Faculty Fellow, UCSF
  • 2014: NIH/NCI NRSA F31 Fellow
  • 2011: George D. Smith Stanford Graduate Fellow, Stanford University; Summa Cum Laude, Georgetown University; Sigma Xi Medal for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Research, Georgetown University
  • 2010: Taylor-Weber Memorial Scholar, Georgetown University; Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar, Georgetown University; Phi Beta Kappa; Reardon Fellow, Georgetown University
  • 2009: Baker Scholar, Georgetown University; Student-Athlete Academic Honors, Georgetown University
  • 2008: National Merit Scholarship Recipient