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Immunotherapy, Data Science and the Steam Plant

Cures. Powered by you.

We are opening doors to historic discoveries that were previously unimaginable.

Step through them with us — into a future where every patient has a cure. 

Fuel a Revolution in Cancer Treatment

Technology, data, and deeper collaboration across disciplines can accelerate personalized cancer cures that harness the disease-fighting power of patients’ own immune systems. That’s what our expansion into the transformed Lake Union Steam Plant is all about. Our vision is bold, and the work ahead is challenging. But we have more potential than ever to save lives. Join us — and see what we can do together to power cures.



Seventeen principal investigators are working in the Steam Plant today, and we have room to add six more labs.


Scientists & Staff

Leading experts in data science, T-cell immunotherapy, and next-generation technologies are working together to speed data-driven science that leads to cures.


T-cell therapy trials underway

We focus on translating cutting-edge science into breakthrough therapies. Every year, the number of patients in our T-cell immunotherapy trials increases, as do the types of cancers targeted.


Philanthropic gifts

We are grateful to donors for helping us accelerate data-driven immunotherapy research.

Your gift supports groundbreaking advances in immunotherapy and data science research.

Data Science + Immunotherapy = Faster Breakthroughs

Using new technologies, we can read the genetic playbook of tens of thousands of cells at once. We can see, in high resolution, how patients’ cancer and immune cells interact. Extracting meaningful insights from the terabytes of data generated by these technologies demands continuous, intensive collaborations between data scientists, laboratory researchers, and clinicians. With this expansion, we are evolving the concept of interdisciplinary science.

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What is Data Science?

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Three Types of T-cell Immunotherapy

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Single-Cell Sequencing

Dr. Shivani Srivastava

Meet the Researchers

What is Data Science?

Data science is the practice of transforming large amounts of complex data into meaningful information. Data scientists are part mathematician, part computer scientist, and part trend-spotter. They are software engineers, statisticians, programmers, and others who use computational tools — like machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical modeling, statistics, and data visualization algorithms — to solve biological problems. Our data scientists use existing tools and invent new ones to find patterns that expose cancer’s secrets and extract lessons that improve care for patients.

"This institution is unafraid to do what science is best at: taking bold, unconventional approaches to solving hard problems."

— Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr., president and director and Raisbeck Endowed Chair

Featured Researchers

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Dr. Shivani Srivastava

Dr. Shivani Srivastava studies the immune system to find ways to make genetically engineered T-cell therapies for solid tumors safer and more effective.

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Dr. Gavin Ha

Dr. Gavin Ha is developing the sophisticated computation methods that are needed to distinguish normal and tumor DNA for future tests that can detect cancers through a simple blood draw. 

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Dr. Geoffrey Hill

Dr. Geoffrey Hill, who holds the José Carreras/E. Donnall Thomas Endowed Chair for Cancer Research, leads field-changing studies on immunological side effects of bone marrow transplant.

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Dr. Erick Matsen

Mathematician and computational biologist Dr. Erick Matsen, who leads the Herbold Computational Biology Program, is helping scientists better understand viruses and how our immune systems respond to them.

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A One-of-a-Kind Research Environment

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Proximity Speeds Progress

Our newest research facility is designed to fuel connections: between leading experts and early-career scientists; between data scientists, T-cell immunotherapy researchers, and clinicians; and between people developing cutting-edge tools and those who are putting them into practice. 

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Collaboration by Design

Researchers who work in the Steam Plant were integral members of the design team. They proposed open, light-filled labs and offices; flexible spaces for individual work, quiet discussions, small meetings, and large symposia; and high-tech services at their fingertips. The goal: to strengthen existing collaborations and capitalize on new connections that spark entirely new ideas.

You Can Accelerate Discoveries

Your generous partnership will accelerate the science our new building makes possible. Our goal is to raise $25 million by June 30, 2021. Especially in this unpredictable and dynamic economy, every dollar you invest fuels progress.

We want to celebrate your commitment to powering cures!

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Link Your Name to Progress

This light-filled building is filled with unique spaces — from open-concept labs of the future to a rooftop observation deck. It would be our privilege to recognize your generous gift by naming a space in your honor.

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Make Your Mark

Names of donors making gifts of $100,000 or more will be prominently showcased in the Lake Union Steam Plant. 

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Stay in the Loop

As part of a community of donors committed to accelerating research, you will receive regular updates about the impact of your gift. We look forward to welcoming you in person to tour the space as soon as it's safe to get together.

Your gift supports groundbreaking advances in immunotherapy and data science research.

Video: “Living Proof”

See what the Steam Plant will make possible with your support.
Last Modified, April 26, 2022