David T. Harris, PhD

Professor of Immunobiology
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-5127
FAX: 
(520) 621-6703

UACC Information

UACC Organizational Unit: 
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Harris is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees (cum laude) in Biology, Mathematics and Psychology in 1978.  He earned a Masters of Medical Sciences (summa cum laude) from Bowman Gray Medical School in 1980 and his Doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology (magna cum laude) from Bowman Gray Medical School in 1982.  From 1982-1985 Dr. Harris was a Post-doctorate Fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne, Switzerland.  In 1985 he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine.  In 1989 Dr. Harris joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in Tucson as an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.  In 1996 Dr. Harris was promoted to Professor of Immunology.  Dr. Harris established the first cord blood bank in the USA in 1992.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of the University of Arizona Biorepository, Quality Director of the GMP Laboratory, is a member of the Arizona Cancer Center, a member of the Children’s Research Center, and a member of the Arizona Arthritis Center.  Dr. Harris’s research interests include stem cells and regenerative medicine, cancer research/stem cell transplantation and gene therapy.  Dr. Harris has founded 5 companies while at the University of Arizona; Cord Blood Registry, Inc.; ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc.; QuReGen, Inc., AdiCyte and Family Cryo Bank.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Biology
Member Status: 
Affiliate Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
1994
Summary of Research Activity: 
Banking of and research on stem cells and other tissues for discovery, regenerative medicine and cell therapy.
Selected Publications: 

2015

  1. Choudhery, M. S., M. Badowski, A. Muise, J. Pierce, and D. T. Harris, "Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue-Derived Stem Cell Utility Is Independent of Anatomical Harvest Site.", Biores Open Access, vol. 4, issue 1, pp. 131-45, 2015. PMCID: PMC4497709  PMID: 26309790
  2. Corenblum, M. J., A. J. Flores, M. Badowski, D. T. Harris, and L. Madhavan, "Systemic human CD34(+) cells populate the brain and activate host mechanisms to counteract nigrostriatal degeneration.", Regen Med, vol. 10, issue 5, pp. 563-77, 2015. PMID: 26237701
  3. Choudhery, M. S., M. Badowski, A. Muise, and D. T. Harris, "Effect of mild heat stress on the proliferative and differentiative ability of human mesenchymal stromal cells.", Cytotherapy, vol. 17, issue 4, pp. 359-68, 2015 Apr. PMID: 25536863

2014

  1. Badowski, M., C. L. Shultz, Y. Eason, N. Ahmad, and D. T. Harris, "The influence of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on immune system aging.", Immunobiology, vol. 219, issue 6, pp. 482-5, 2014 Jun. PMCID: PMC4004698  PMID: 24661721
  2. Choudhery, M. S., M. Badowski, A. Muise, J. Pierce, and D. T. Harris, "Donor age negatively impacts adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cell expansion and differentiation.", J Transl Med, vol. 12, pp. 8, 2014. PMCID: PMC3895760  PMID: 24397850
  3. Choudhery, M. S., M. Badowski, A. Muise, J. Pierce, and D. T. Harris, "Cryopreservation of whole adipose tissue for future use in regenerative medicine.", J Surg Res, vol. 187, issue 1, pp. 24-35, 2014 Mar. PMID: 24268882
  4. Harris, D. T., and M. Badowski, "Long term human reconstitution and immune aging in NOD-Rag (-)-γ chain (-) mice.", Immunobiology, vol. 219, issue 2, pp. 131-7, 2014 Feb. PMCID: PMC3947178  PMID: 24094417
  5. Choudhery, M. S., and D. T. Harris, "Cryopreservation can be used as an anti-aging strategy.", Cytotherapy, vol. 16, issue 12, pp. 1771-3, 2014 Dec. PMID: 25304665
  6. Li, H., Z. Feng, T. C. Tsang, T. Tang, X. Jia, X. He, M. E. Pennington, M. S. Badowski, A. K. M. Liu, D. Chen, et al., "Fusion of HepG2 cells with mesenchymal stem cells increases cancer‑associated and malignant properties: an in vivo metastasis model.", Oncol Rep, vol. 32, issue 2, pp. 539-47, 2014 Aug. PMID: 24926698

2013

  1. Harris, D. T., "Alterations in target cell membrane phospholipids alter T cell but not NK cell killing.", Immunobiology, vol. 218, issue 1, pp. 21-7, 2013 Jan. PMID: 22349517

Academic Information

Post Doctoral: 
Ludwig Inst., Switzerland, Immunology, 1985
Doctorate: 
Bowman Gray Medical School, Micro & Immuno, 1982
Master's Degree: 
MS: Wake Forest University, Medical Sciences, 1980
Undergraduate School: 
BS: Wake Forest University, Math, Biology, Psychology, 1978