Roland Walter

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Medicine - Hematology
Adjunct Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology



MD Medicine, University of Zurich (Switzerland), 1997
PhD Experimental Pathology, University of Washington, 2006
MS Epidemiology (Clinical Research), University of Washington, 2011



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
100 Fairview Ave. N., D2-190
Seattle, WA 98109
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My research is focused on acute myeloid leukemia (AML). I am particularly interested in improving antibody-based therapies, both by optimizing the efficacy/safety profile of existing therapeutics and through the preclinical and early clinical development of novel antigen-directed immunotherapies. As examples of latter efforts, my lab has contributed to candidate drug identification and preclinical development of 5 novel agents that have subsequently advanced to clinical testing (SGN-CD33A, SGN-CD123A, AMG 330, AMV-564, and APVO436). A major area of focus of our research lies in the delineation of the mechanisms of action and resistance that are relevant for antibody-based AML therapeutics and the rational development of combination therapies that can overcome drug resistance. Many of my studies conducted over the last 15+ years have aimed at optimizing CD33-targeted and, more recently, CD123-targeted therapies. In clinical studies, I conduct trials testing novel treatments and innovative care approaches for AML patients. Furthermore, in collaborative research, I use large patient datasets to develop and improve diagnostic and prognostic tools for people with AML.

Research Areas

Research Interests

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • CD33
  • Immunotherapy of AML
  • Clinical trials in AM
  • Measurable residual disease (MRD)
  • Predictive modeling

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Effect of ECOG performance status on outcomes in patients with acute myeloid leukemia and other high-grade myeloid neoplasms.
(2022 Nov 25)
Paras G, Othus M, Schonhoff K, Shaw C, Sorror M, Halpern AB, Appelbaum J, Hendrie P, Walter RB, Estey EH, Percival MM

North American Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm Consortium: Position on Standards of Care and Areas of Need.
(2022 Nov 18)
Pemmaraju N, Kantarjian HM, Sweet KL, Wang ES, Senapati J, Wilson NR, Konopleva MY, Frankel AE, Gupta V, Mesa RA, Ulrickson ML, Gorak E, Bhatia S, Budak-Alpdogan T, Mason JR, Garcia-Romero MT, Lopez-Santiago NC, Cesarman-Maus G, Vachhani P, Lee S, Bhatt VR, Blum W, Walter RB, Bixby D, Gojo I, Duvic M, Rampal RK, de Lima M, Foran JM, Fathi AT, Hall A, Jacoby MA, Lancet JE, Mannis GN, Stein AS, Mims AS, Rizzieri D, Olin RL, Perl AE, Schiller GJ, Shami PJ, Stone RM, Strickland S, Wieduwilt MJ, Daver NG, Ravandi F, Vasu S, Guzman ML, Roboz GJ, Khoury JD, Qazilbash MH, Aung P, Cuglievan B, Madanat YF, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Pawlowska AB, Taylor J, Tallman MS, Dhakal P, Lane AA

Association of hematologic response and assay sensitivity on the prognostic impact of measurable residual disease in acute myeloid leukemia: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
(2022 Oct 19)
Short NJ, Fu C, Berry DA, Walter RB, Freeman SD, Hourigan CS, Huang X, Gonzalez GN, Hwang H, Qi X, Kantarjian H, Zhou S, Ravandi F

Early mortality risk with non-intensive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) therapies: analysis of 1336 patients from MRC/NCRI and SWOG.
(2022 Oct 13)
Leuk Lymphoma
Othus M, Thomas I, Wang X, Ariti C, Mehta P, Sydenham M, Hills RK, Burnett AK, Nand S, Assouline S, Michaelis LC, Erba HP, Russell N, Kerr KF, Walter RB, Dennis M

Relationship Between Pretransplantation Nutritional Status and Outcome in Adults with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.
(2022 Sep 28)
Transplant Cell Ther
Orvain C, Byelykh M, Othus M, Sandmaier BM, Schoch G, Davis C, Appelbaum FR, Walter RB

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