Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP
- Wake Forest University, 1982 (Ph.D.)
Dr. Harris's career has been spent in the area of basic and applied cellular immunology. He is very knowledgeable of infectious disease and the analysis of immune competence in humans and animals, as well as natural killer (cytotoxic) cells, cellular regulation, cell surface interactions, cell and tissue culturing, flow cytometry, and antibody & hybridoma production. Dr. Harris has done research in the areas of nucleic acids, RNA, DNA sequencing & synthesis, genetic manipulation, gene regulation, and protein synthesis. He is experienced with cloning techniques, and is also knowledgeable of molecular biology and biotechnology . He has worked with both animal and human models and has been involved all aspects of his field (i.e. CTL, NK, Ab). He has experience in applying and developing immunoassays and has a good understanding of cell and tissue culture, mAb production, flow cytometry, hybridoma, and ELISA.
Dr. Harris's four years of work with the EPA has taught him how to apply his experience towards biomarkers in many different areas of health research. He continues to do research in environmental monitoring and studies the effects of environmental pollutants on biological systems with emphasis on the immune system as a sensitivity indicator.
Dr. Harris has spent the past six years of his research focusing on studies in clinical immunology and hematology. Specifically, his research involves transplantation and developmental immunology. He also has experience in tumor immunology and models of metastasis. Holder of five patents, Dr. Harris has applied a variety of different immunological and molecular biology techniques in his work.
- Hands-on molecular biology experiences
- Gene therapy in various animal models
Pipes BL, Tsang T, Peng SX, Fiederlein R, Graham M, Harris DT. Telomere length changes after umbilical cord blood transplant. Transfusion. 46(6):1038-43, 2006.
He X, Tsang TC, Pipes BL, Ablin RJ, Harris DT. A stem cell fusion model of carcinogenesis. J Exp Ther Oncol. 5(2):101-9, 2005.
Luo P, Tsang TC, He X, Gonzalez-Pena V, Jaramillo M, Takeuchi C, Harris DT. Novel amplifier expression vectors producing higher levels of IL-2 led to slower tumor growth and longer survival in vivo. DNA Cell Biol. 24(9):595-604, 2005.
He X, Gonzalez V, Tsang A, Thompson J, Tsang TC, Harris DT. Differential gene expression profiling of CD34+ CD133+ umbilical cord blood hematopoietic stem progenitor cells. Stem Cells Dev. 14(2):188-98, 2005.
He X, Tsang TC, Zhang T, Luo P, Harris DT. Antigen epitope-expressing cytokines for DNA immunization. Vaccine. 14;23(16):1966-72, 2005.
He X, Luo P, Tsang TC, Zhang T, Harris DT. Immuno-gene therapy of melanoma by tumor antigen epitope modified IFN-gamma. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 54(8):741-9, 2005.