Michael P. Gustafson, Ph.D.


  1. Phoenix, Arizona



Michael P. Gustafson, Ph.D. serves as the Scientific Director of the Nyberg Human Cellular Therapy Laboratory. Dr. Gustafson and his team are focused on immune and cell therapy applications into clinical trials. In addition to manufacturing cells for clinical trials, the lab provides immune monitoring and product characterization to gain critical information to potentially optimize patient responses to such therapies.

Focus areas:

  • Cancer vaccines and immunotherapy
  • Tumor-mediated immune suppression and the effects on human immune competency
  • Biomarker development to understand responses to immune and cellular therapies
  • Translational applications of mesenchymal stem cells

Dr. Gustafson and his team are driven to offer novel investigational therapies for patients with diseases that often do not have optimal treatments. The lab works closely with clinicians for obtaining external and internal regulatory approval of clinical trials, patient collections, cell manufacturing, and treatment administrations.

Dr. Gustafson believes that tailoring the patient's immune system to the most appropriate immune/cell therapy will ultimately improve patient outcomes.

  • Immunotherapy for cancer
  • Cell therapy approaches for a variety of diseases
  • Human immunology
  1. 2006
    Postdoctoral Research FellowshipFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  2. 2001
    PhDMolecular Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 1993
    BS - BiologyNorth Park College

Awards and honors

  1. 2004
    Science Award for Excellence in Science SponsorshipAmerican Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS)
  2. 1998
    Travel Grant AwardKeystone Symposium Conference/Organizers
  3. 1997
    Microbiology and Pulmonary Infection Travel AwardAmerican Thoracic Society
  4. 1992
    Professor and Mrs. C.J. Wilson ScholarshipDivision of Science and Mathematics, North Park College
  5. 1991
    Jack W. Graffin ScholarshipDivision of Science and Mathematics, North Park College

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    MemberImmuno & Gene Therapy Committee, International Society for Cellular Therapy
  2. 2019
    MemberTransfusion Medicine Consultant, Department of Laboratory Medicine/Pathology
  3. 2019 - present
    MemberAmerican Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  4. 2018 - present
    Associate MemberCancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  5. 2018 - present
    MemberInternational Society for Cellular Therapy
  6. 2018
    MemberMicrobiology Associate Laboratory Director Search Committee, Department of Laboratory Medicine/Pathology
  7. 2016 - present
    MemberImmunology, Disease Oriented Groups, Internal Medicine Lab
  8. 2015 - present
    MemberBiomarkers for Immunotherapy and Monitoring, Center for Individualized Medicine
  9. 2013 - present
    SITC ChampionSociety for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)
  10. 2011 - present
    MemberSociety for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)
  11. 2008 - present
    MemberAmerican Association for Cancer Research
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