Dr. Albert Donnenberg brings more than 40 years of experience in medical research. His current research interests are in cellular therapy and graft engineering, the role of stem cells in neoplasia, and immunotherapy for metastatic cancer, projects he pursues with his scientific and life partner Dr. Vera Donnenberg. He is an internationally recognized expert in therapeutic cell processing and flow cytometry.
Dr. Donnenberg received his Ph.D. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University in 1980, studying cellular immunity to Herpes Simplex Virus. After a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. George Santos at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Dr. Donnenberg was appointed Instructor of Oncology in 1982, Assistant Professor in 1983, and Associate Professor in 1989. He worked on adoptive transfer of donor immunity during allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, and on the development and clinical implementation of T-cell depletion of bone marrow to prevent graft versus host disease. He also performed early studies on cellular immunity in HIV infection, and co-developed the concept of T-cell homeostasis.
In 1991, Dr. Donnenberg was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh to serve as the Director of Laboratory Research in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program. He has also served as program Co-director, and as Interim Director. He has directed the UPMC Adult Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory since 1998 and the UPMC Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory since 2000 and serves as a team leader and flow cytometry inspector for the American College of Pathology. Dr. Donnenberg was promoted to Professor of Medicine in 2001. From 1998 to 2018 he also directed the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center’s Cytometry Facility. He currently holds appointments at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a Professor of Medicine with tenure, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health as Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and is a member of the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Donnenberg has co-edited two editions of the CRC Handbook of Human Immunology and has authored more than 200 scholarly publications. He is the proud father of four daughters and one son and the grandfather of a boy and a girl. He and Vera live on Pittsburgh’s Southside where their hobbies are winemaking and collecting art.