Douglas Lauffenburger

Douglas Lauffenburger

Ford Professor of Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biology

Douglas Lauffenburger fosters the interface of bioengineering, quantitative cell biology, and systems biology to determine fundamental aspects of cell dysregulation — identifying and testing new therapeutic ideas.





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  • PhD, 1979, University of Minnesota
  • BS, 1975, Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research Summary

The Lauffenburger laboratory emphasizes integration of experimental and mathematical/computational analysis approaches, toward development and validation of predictive models for physiologically-relevant behavior in terms of underlying molecular and molecular network properties. Our work has been recognized as providing contributions fostering the interface of bioengineering, quantitative cell biology, and systems biology. Our main focus has been on fundamental aspects of cell dysregulation, complemented by translational efforts in identifying and testing new therapeutic ideas. Applications addressed have chiefly resided in various types of cancer (including breast, colon, lung, and pancreatic cancers along with leukemias and lymphomas), inflammatory pathologies (such as endometriosis, Crohn's disease, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease), and the immune system (mainly for vaccines against pathogens such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis). We have increasingly emphasized complex tissue contexts, including mouse models, human subjects, and tissue-engineered micro-physiological systems platforms in association with outstanding collaborators. From our laboratory have come more than 100 doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. Many hold faculty positions at academic institutions in the USA, Canada, and Europe; others have gone on to research positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies; and others yet have moved into policy and government agency careers.


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member, 2019
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow, 2001
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship, 1989

Key Publications

  1. Oncogenic KRAS Regulates Tumor Cell Signaling via Stromal Reciprocation. Tape, CJ, Ling, S, Dimitriadi, M, McMahon, KM, Worboys, JD, Leong, HS, Norrie, IC, Miller, CJ, Poulogiannis, G, Lauffenburger, DA et al.. 2016. Cell 165, 1818.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.05.079PMID:27315484
  2. Reduced Proteolytic Shedding of Receptor Tyrosine Kinases Is a Post-Translational Mechanism of Kinase Inhibitor Resistance. Miller, MA, Oudin, MJ, Sullivan, RJ, Wang, SJ, Meyer, AS, Im, H, Frederick, DT, Tadros, J, Griffith, LG, Lee, H et al.. 2016. Cancer Discov 6, 382-99.
    doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-15-0933PMID:26984351
  3. CD4+ T cell-dependent and CD4+ T cell-independent cytokine-chemokine network changes in the immune responses of HIV-infected individuals. Arnold, KB, Szeto, GL, Alter, G, Irvine, DJ, Lauffenburger, DA. 2015. Sci Signal 8, ra104.
    doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aab0808PMID:26486173
  4. The AXL Receptor is a Sensor of Ligand Spatial Heterogeneity. Meyer, AS, Zweemer, AJ, Lauffenburger, DA. 2015. Cell Syst 1, 25-36.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cels.2015.06.002PMID:26236777
  5. Intratumor heterogeneity alters most effective drugs in designed combinations. Zhao, B, Hemann, MT, Lauffenburger, DA. 2014. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111, 10773-8.
    doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323934111PMID:25002493

Recent Publications

  1. Translating preclinical models to humans. Brubaker, DK, Lauffenburger, DA. 2020. Science 367, 742-743.
    doi: 10.1126/science.aay8086PMID:32054749
  2. Clostridioides difficile-Associated Antibiotics Alter Human Mucosal Barrier Functions by Microbiome-Independent Mechanisms. Kester, JC, Brubaker, DK, Velazquez, J, Wright, C, Lauffenburger, DA, Griffith, LG. 2020. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 64, .
    doi: 10.1128/AAC.01404-19PMID:31988098
  3. Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology 2030. Mentré, F, Friberg, LE, Duffull, S, French, J, Lauffenburger, DA, Li, L, Mager, DE, Sinha, V, Sobie, E, Zhao, P et al.. 2020. Clin. Pharmacol. Ther. 107, 76-78.
    doi: 10.1002/cpt.1683PMID:31758700
  4. Substrate-based kinase activity inference identifies MK2 as driver of colitis. Strasser, SD, Ghazi, PC, Starchenko, A, Boukhali, M, Edwards, A, Suarez-Lopez, L, Lyons, J, Changelian, PS, Monahan, JB, Jacobsen, J et al.. 2019. Integr Biol (Camb) 11, 301-314.
    doi: 10.1093/intbio/zyz025PMID:31617572
  5. A new publisher for our new biology. Lauffenburger, DA. 2019. Integr Biol (Camb) 11, 3.
    doi: 10.1093/intbio/zyy001PMID:31584067
  6. Proteogenomic Network Analysis of Context-Specific KRAS Signaling in Mouse-to-Human Cross-Species Translation. Brubaker, DK, Paulo, JA, Sheth, S, Poulin, EJ, Popow, O, Joughin, BA, Strasser, SD, Starchenko, A, Gygi, SP, Lauffenburger, DA et al.. 2019. Cell Syst 9, 258-270.e6.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cels.2019.07.006PMID:31521603
  7. Predicting the broadly neutralizing antibody susceptibility of the HIV reservoir. Yu, WH, Su, D, Torabi, J, Fennessey, CM, Shiakolas, A, Lynch, R, Chun, TW, Doria-Rose, N, Alter, G, Seaman, MS et al.. 2019. JCI Insight 4, .
    doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.130153PMID:31484826
  8. Deoxycytidine Release from Pancreatic Stellate Cells Promotes Gemcitabine Resistance. Dalin, S, Sullivan, MR, Lau, AN, Grauman-Boss, B, Mueller, HS, Kreidl, E, Fenoglio, S, Luengo, A, Lees, JA, Vander Heiden, MG et al.. 2019. Cancer Res. 79, 5723-5733.
    doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-19-0960PMID:31484670
  9. Development and Application of the Metalloprotease Activity Multiplexed Bead-Based Immunoassay (MAMBI). Ahrens, CC, Chiswick, EL, Ravindra, KC, Miller, MA, Ramseier, JY, Isaacson, KB, Lauffenburger, DA, Griffith, LG. 2019. Biochemistry 58, 3938-3942.
    doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.9b00584PMID:31474112
  10. Fatty Acid Metabolites Combine with Reduced β Oxidation to Activate Th17 Inflammation in Human Type 2 Diabetes. Nicholas, DA, Proctor, EA, Agrawal, M, Belkina, AC, Van Nostrand, SC, Panneerseelan-Bharath, L, Jones, AR 4th, Raval, F, Ip, BC, Zhu, M et al.. 2019. Cell Metab. 30, 447-461.e5.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.07.004PMID:31378464
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