Naoto Hirano, PhD, MD

The overarching goal of our research is to devise novel antitumour immunotherapeutic modalities that can cure cancer. We have developed a series of human cell-based artificial antigen-presenting cells (APC) that can generate in vitro large numbers of HLA class I-restricted CD8 T cells, class II-restricted CD4 T cells, polyclonal CD3 T cells and CD1d-restricted iNKT cells. Using these artificial APC, we are conducting basic, translational, and clinical research in human T cell immunology. We are particularly interested in understanding how the interactions between T cells and APC affect priming, expansion, persistence and differentiation of T cells. We also seek to clarify how this leads to the subsequent generation and maintenance of T cell memory. Aspiring researchers and trainees who are eager to conquer cancer by harnessing the power of immunity are welcome to our laboratory.
Clin Exp Immunol. 2018 Jul 31;:
Achita P, Dervovic D, Ly D, Lee JB, Haug T, Joe B, Hirano N, Zhang L
Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Jun 25;:
Anczurowski M, Hirano N
Nat Commun. 2018 May 15;9(1):1915
Kagoya Y, Nakatsugawa M, Saso K, Guo T, Anczurowski M, Wang CH, Butler MO, Arrowsmith CH, Hirano N
Sci Rep. 2018 Mar 19;8(1):4804
Anczurowski M, Yamashita Y, Nakatsugawa M, Ochi T, Kagoya Y, Guo T, Wang CH, Rahman MA, Saso K, Butler MO, Hirano N
Nat Med. 2018 Mar;24(3):352-359
Kagoya Y, Tanaka S, Guo T, Anczurowski M, Wang CH, Saso K, Butler MO, Minden MD, Hirano N
J Proteomics. 2018 Mar 30;176:13-23
Rozanov DV, Rozanov ND, Chiotti KE, Reddy A, Wilmarth PA, David LL, Cha SW, Woo S, Pevzner P, Bafna V, Burrows GG, Rantala JK, Levin T, Anur P, Johnson-Camacho K, Tabatabaei S, Munson DJ, Bruno TC, Slansky JE, Kappler JW, Hirano N, Boegel S, Fox BA,...
J Immunol. 2018 Jan 15;200(2):500-511
Guo T, Koo MY, Kagoya Y, Anczurowski M, Wang CH, Saso K, Butler MO, Hirano N
Sci Immunol. 2017 Apr 21;2(10):
Ghazarian M, Revelo XS, Nøhr MK, Luck H, Zeng K, Lei H, Tsai S, Schroer SA, Park YJ, Chng MHY, Shen L, D'Angelo JA, Horton P, Chapman WC, Brockmeier D, Woo M, Engleman EG, Adeyi O, Hirano N, Jin T, Gehring AJ, Winer S, Winer DA
Nat Commun. 2017 May 10;8:15244
Yamashita Y, Anczurowski M, Nakatsugawa M, Tanaka M, Kagoya Y, Sinha A, Chamoto K, Ochi T, Guo T, Saso K, Butler MO, Minden MD, Kislinger T, Hirano N
J Immunol. 2017 05 01;198(9):3757
Chamoto K, Guo T, Scally SW, Kagoya Y, Anczurowski M, Wang CH, Rahman MA, Saso K, Butler MO, Chiu PPL, Julien JP, Hirano N



Associate Director for Research, Tumor Immunotherapy Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto
Clinician Scientist, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Investigator, BioCanRx