Aude G. Chapuis, MD

Aude G. Chapuis, MD

Aude G. Chapuis, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • John C. and Karyl Kay Hughes Foundation Endowed Chair, Fred Hutch

Medical Oncology

“Patients who undergo bone marrow transplants endure a lot of hardship, and I believe we can do better. That’s why I do research.”

— Dr. Chapuis

What is adoptive T-cell therapy?

Let’s say that you get infected by a virus — the flu, for example. Your immune system mounts a response, not only killing it but also remembering it, so that you will be protected against that particular virus for your whole life. We’re trying to do the same thing for cancer. With adoptive T-cell therapy, the goal is to take T cells (a type of immune cell) from your body and prime them to target cancer. We do this by enhancing a weapon that T cells already have: receptors that recognize cancer cells. After growing large quantities of these modified T cells in the lab, we then put them back in your body so they can seek and destroy tumors.

What motivates you to conduct research into immunotherapy?

The patients I treat are my biggest source of inspiration. Watching them go through taxing treatments like bone marrow transplants motivates me to keep refining adoptive T-cell therapy so it’s a viable option for more people. Tackling the related scientific challenges also keeps me going, such as choosing which T cells (there are many different kinds) will be most effective against a particular type of cancer and figuring out how to convince a T cell to infiltrate a tumor’s hostile environment. Cancer is complex, but through advances in immunotherapy, we’ve demonstrated that certain kinds are beatable. Now, we’re working to broaden that effect.

Provider Background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Cellular Immunotherapy

Blood cancers

I am an attending physician on Fred Hutch’s Autologous and Allogenic Transplant Service who specializes in treating patients with blood cancers. I consult with people who are considering stem cell transplants, and I also provide care for patients receiving T-cell infusions in immunotherapy trials.

My research is focused on developing novel ways of teaching the immune system to target a variety of life-threatening viral infections and cancers, from HIV to lung cancer to Merkel cell carcinoma. My lab has made a number of important discoveries, such as using a “bar code” technology to track T cells after they have been transferred into patients, ultimately helping us figure out which T cells are best suited for eliminating tumors. With extensive experience in designing and leading immunotherapy trials, I have also successfully sponsored multiple investigational new drug applications (INDs), the first step in the Food and Drug Administration’s process for approving new drug therapies.

Diseases Treated

Cellular Immunotherapy



Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical Degree
University of Lausanne Medical School, Switzerland

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Internal Medicine; Hospital Neuchatelois Pourtales, Internal Medicine

University of Washington, Medical Oncology; Fred Hutch, Postdoctoral Research; Laboratoire d'Immunopathologie du SIDA, Pre-doctoral Research

Laboratoire d'Immunopathologie du SIDA, Internship

Related News

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