Terry R. Medler, PhD

Terry MedlerAssistant member, Innate Immunology Laboratory
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
Providence Cancer Institute

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Dr. Medler is a scientist with expertise in cancer biology and immunology. Currently, he leads the Innate Immunology Laboratory at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, a Providence Center of Excellence for immuno-oncology and cellular therapy.

Dr. Medler’s longstanding interest in the link between inflammation and cancer was fostered during his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Lisa M. Coussens, Ph.D., at Oregon Health & Science University. He demonstrated that certain inflammatory pathways can be targeted therapeutically in conjunction with chemotherapy to inhibit tumor growth.

In the laboratory of Michael J. Gough, Ph.D., and Marka R. Crittenden, M.D., Ph.D., at Providence Cancer Institute, Dr. Medler continued his immunnotherapy studies by focusing on mechanisms to improve antigen-specific CD8+ T-cell responses to cancer.

Innate Immunology Laboratory

The research focus of the Innate Immunology Laboratory is the discovery of novel inflammatory pathways in cancer that are targets for therapeutic intervention. Ultimately, Dr. Medler hopes to identify new therapeutic strategies which harness the immune system and result in antitumor immunity for more people than is possible through current treatments.

  • Postdoctoral, Immunology, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Institute, 2020
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cancer Biology, Northwestern University, 2012
  • Master of Science, Biotechnology, The Johns Hopkins University, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Chemistry, Valparaiso University, 2002
Professional Experience
  • Assistant member, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Institute, 2021-present
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Institute; Integrated Therapies Laboratory, Michael J. Gough, Ph.D. and Marka R. Crittenden, M.D., Ph.D., 2017-2021
  • Postdoctoral trainee/scholar, Oregon Health & Science University, Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology, Lisa M. Coussens, Ph.D., 2012-2017
  • Predoctoral student, Northwestern University, Pathology, Laboratory of Charles V. Clevenger, M.D., Ph.D., 2005-2012
  • Laboratory technician II, The Johns Hopkins University, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Laboratory of Irina Petrache, M.D., 2003-2005
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • Career Transition Award, National Cancer Institute, 2022
  • Research Grant, Collins Medical Trust, 2019
  • SID Student Research/Fellow Travel Award, 2017
  • Scientific Project Support Grant, Genentech, 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant, American Cancer Society, 2014
  • Early Clinical Investigator Grant, Medical Research Foundation, 2014
  • Cathy and Jim Rudd Career Development Award for Cancer Research, 2014
  • Ruth L. Kirchtenstein NRSA T32 Fellowship, 2012

Dr. Medler’s research is published in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals. He has partnered with colleagues on various research projects.

View Dr. Medler’s full list of peer-reviewed publications