Avinash Bhandoola, M.B., B.S., Ph.D.

Avinash Bhandoola, M.B., B.S., Ph.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Genome Integrity


T cells play essential roles in immune responses. They originate from blood stem cells in the bone marrow, but their development completes at a distinct anatomical site, the thymus. We're interested in the mechanisms by which some hematopoietic progenitor cells migrate to the thymus, and in the transcriptional mechanisms in the thymus that direct the earliest thymus colonizing progenitors down the T cell lineage. We hope to understand the regulatory and developmental logic that establishes a functioning immune system.

Areas of Expertise

Transcription Factors That Establish and Maintain T Cell Identity
T Cell Regeneration and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Thymic Epithelial Cells


Selected Key Publications

Bone marrow plasma cells require P2RX4 to sense extracellular ATP

Ishikawa M, Hasanali ZS, Zhao Y, Das A, Lavaert M, Roman CJ, Londregan J, Allman D, Bhandoola A
Bone marrow plasma cells require P2RX4 to sense extracellular ATP. 626 : 1102-1107 , 2024. [ Journal Article ]

Expression of the transcription factor Klf6 by thymic epithelial cells is required for thymus development

Malin J, Martinez-Ruiz G, Zhao, Y , Shissler SC, Cowan JE, Ding Y, Morales-Sanchez A, Ishikawa M, Lavaert M, Das A, Butcher D, Warner AC, Kallarakal M, Chen J, Kedei N, Kelly M, Brinster LR, Allman D, Bhandoola A
Sci Adv. 9(46):eadg8126: 2023. [ Journal Article ]

Myc controls a distinct transcriptional program in fetal thymic epithelial cells that determines thymus growth

Cowan JE, Malin J, Zhao Y, Seedhom MO, Harly C, Ohigashi I, Kelly M, Takahama Y, Yewdell JW, Cam M, Bhandoola A.
Nat Commun. 10(1): 5498, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

The transcription factor TCF-1 enforces commitment to the innate lymphoid cell lineage

Harly C, Kenney D, Ren G, Lai B, Raabe T, Yang Q, Cam MC, Xue HH, Zhao K, Bhandoola A.
Nat Immunol. 20(9): 1150-60, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

TCF-1 upregulation identifies early innate lymphoid progenitors in the bone marrow

Yang Q, Li F, Harly C, Xing S, Ye L, Xia X, Wang H, Wang X, Yu S, Zhou X, Cam M, Xue HH, Bhandoola A.
Nat Immunol. 16(10): 1044-50, 2015. [ Journal Article ]

Job Vacancies

Position Degree Required Contact Name Contact Email
Postdoctoral Fellow - T cell development, regeneration Ph.D. or equivalent Avinash Bhandoola


Research Fellow
Arundhoti Das, Ph.D.
Yongge Zhao, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Visiting)
Yi Ding, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (CRTA)
Susannah Shissler, Ph.D.
Marieke Lavaert
Marieke Lavaert, Ph.D.
Sumit Das, Ph.D.
Abigail Morales Sanchez, Ph.D.
Special Volunteer
Gustavo Ulises Martinez Ruiz, Ph.D.


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