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Shannon Turley - Senior Director, Cancer Immunology

Shannon Turley

Senior Director, Cancer Immunology

Postdoc Mentor
Staff Scientist
"The immunotherapy revolution in the fight against cancer has just begun. To fully harness the power of the immune system to destroy different types of cancers requires a much deeper understanding of the molecular and spatial relationships between lymphocytes and tumors. This is our charge."
Years at Genentech
Awards & Honors

I moved to Genentech in 2014 from Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. I had been a faculty member there for over a decade, focusing on immunology research. The decision to leave a dynamic academic mecca to carry out my research at Genentech was inspired by the tremendous opportunity to apply principles established in rigorous basic science to making real-life medicines. As a basic scientist, there’s no better place to be involved in the process of developing an immunotherapy from A to Z that may positively impact patient outcomes than Genentech.


For me, being a postdoc mentor is about the incredible satisfaction of doing cutting-edge science with eager, smart, determined and creative trainees while encouraging them to reach their potential. It is also about giving back to the scientific community by teaching the next generation of investigators, sharing my experiences and expertise, and nurturing their careers. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a mentor in Genentech’s world-class postdoctoral program and fortunate to also learn from these talented trainees, both in the laboratory and beyond. They are a select group of outstanding scientists.


Featured Publication

The CLEC-2–podoplanin axis controls fibroblastic reticular cell contractility and lymph node microarchitecture.

Nat. Immunol. 2015. 16(1):75-84.

Astarita JL, Cremasco V, Fu J, Darnell MC, Peck JR, Nieves-Bonilla JM, Song K, Woodruff MC, Gogineni A, Onder L, Ludewig B, Weimer RM, Carroll MC, Mooney DJ, Xia L, Turley SJ.

Immunological hallmarks of stromal cells in the tumour microenvironment.

Nat. Rev. Immunol. 2015. 15:669-82

Turley SJ, Cremasco V, and Astarita JL.