Cell Therapy Training Course 2019 - Philadelphia
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Thank You to All Who Attended the Third Biennial

ISCT-ASTCT Cell Therapy Training Course!

Hosted by

The University of Pennsylvania  

Summary Program   Scholars Planning Faculty   Sponsors




The third biennial ISCT-ASTCT Cell Therapy Training Course brought together a talented cohort of 13 rising stars from around the globe for a comprehensive week-long mentorship program on all things translational cell & gene therapy. Hosted by the world-renowned University of Pennsylvania, the 2019 course program drew on a wealth of local knowledge, infrastructure, and cutting-edge CGT translational research. Local expertise was augmented by keynote lectures from other prominent figures in the field culminating in a robust program that covered the process of translational research to cell manufacturing and clinical trials in cell & gene therapy, including regulatory, quality, and ethical considerations, as well as routes to commercialization. Through a combination of didactic lectures, candid open discussions, a facility tour, and 1-on-1 mentorship from preeminent leaders in the field the 2019 Cell Therapy Training Course offered a multifaceted learning experience unlike any other. Thank you to all who contributed to creating such an exceptional educational opportunity and congratulations to the 2019 CTTC Scholars! 


New for 2019, a select number of Cell Therapy Training Course lectures have been recorded and are available for online streaming by ISCT Members. Please note, only those lectures where permission has been received for posting are available. To view the print program and access recorded lectures follow these direct links:


Lecture Recordings
(Members Only)

Full Program 
(Open Access)


2019 Course Scholars


International Scholars

Gabor Foldes, MD, PhD

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

Mentor: Sian Harding

Giulia Golinelli, PhD

University Hospital of Modena 
and Reggio Emilia 

Mentor: Massimo Dominici 

Andrea Henden, MBBS (Hons),

QIMR Berghofer

Mentor: Siok Tey

Gaurav Sutrave, BSc(Med)/MBBS 


Westmead Hospital

Mentor: David Gottlieb


Robert Myles Wright, MBBS

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Mentor: Simon Harrison




North American Scholars 

Saurabh Dahiya, MBBS 

University of Maryland

Mentor: Aaron Rapoport

Irene Scarfo, PhD 

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mentor: Marcela Maus


Shabnum Patel, PhD

Stanford University

Mentor: Steven A. Feldman,
Crystal L. Mackall, David Miklos

Shoba A. Navai

Baylor College of Medicine


Mentor: Meenakshi Hedge

Frederico Simonetta, MD, PhD
Stanford University


Mentor: Robert S. Negrin 



Host Institutional Scholars

Mauro Castellarin, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Carl June

Saba Ghassemi, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Michael C. Milone

Philip C Rommel, Dr. rer.nat.
University of Pennsylvania


Mentor: Carl June
































Congratulations to the 2019 CTTC Scholars!


Course Planning Faculty



David DiGiusto, PhD
Chief Technical Officer
Semma Therapeutics
Cambridge, MA, United States

John Barrett, MD
Director Stem Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program,
George Washington Cancer Center,
George Washington University Hospital,
Washington, DC, United States

Planning Faculty Members

Bruce Levine, PhD
Barbara and Edward Netter Professor
in Cancer Gene Therapy
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, United States

 Catherine Bollard, MBChB, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology
Children's National Health System
George Washington University
Washington, DC, United States

Krishna Komanduri, MD
Professor of Medicine and Director
University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center
Miami, FL, United States 

Colleen Delaney, MD, MSc
Chief Medical Officer
Nohla Therapeutics 
Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Associate Professor, University of Washington
Seattle, WA, United States





















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