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Fellowship Start Year



First Year

Research Topic

Leveraging Pyroptosis for Anti-Cancer Therapy

Christopher Bourne

Perelman School of Medicine


Dr. Bourne graduated from Swarthmore College, with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish literature. He enrolled in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis PhD program at Weill Cornell Medicine, where he employed adoptive T-cell therapies as drug delivery vehicles under the mentorship of Dr. David Scheinberg. Currently, Dr. Bourne is a postdoctoral fellow in the Taabazuing lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He studies the biochemical mechanisms of innate immunity and aims to apply the basic biological knowledge to develop therapeutics for cancer, infectious diseases, and inflammatory disorders. Outside of the lab, Dr. Bourne is Vice President of Partnerships for Black in Cancer, an organization dedicated to empowering Black people in the cancer space.

Postdoc Appointment

  • Biochemistry & Biophysics
Penn Faculty Mentor
  • Cornelius Taabazuing, Ph.D.


  • 2023, Ph.D., Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Cornell University ­– Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • 2017, B.A., Biology, Swarthmore College
Disertation Title

Improving the Efficacy and Repertoire of Cancer Immunotherapy with Rational Small-Molecule Combinations

Research Advisors
  • David Scheinberg, MD, Ph.D.