David T. Harris

Professor

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 Interests: 

Banking of and research on stem cells and other tissues for discovery, regenerative medicine and cell therapy.

Degrees
  • BS: Wake Forest University, Math, Biology, Psychology, 1978
  • MS: Wake Forest University, Medical Sciences, 1980
  • PhD: Bowman Gray Medical School, Micro & Immuno, 1982
  • Post-Doc: Ludwig Inst., Switzerland, Immunology, 1985

Recent Publications

2015

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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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

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