Adam Courtney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: 2220E MSRB III

Lab: 2240 MSRB III

Office: 734-647-1288 Lab: 734-763-3083

Areas of Interest

The Courtney lab seeks to understand how T cells make decisions that affect their behavior and to leverage these insights for the development of new immunotherapy strategies. We take an interdisciplinary approach by applying immunology, chemical biology, and genetics to study and manipulate T cell signaling pathways. We believe that by understanding and manipulating how T cells make decisions we can improve their capacity to target and eliminate cancer. Dr. Courtney’s research interests include signal transduction in the immune system, T cell signaling pathways, immunotherapy strategies, protein regulation, and cancer therapeutics.

Honors & Awards

Robertson Foundation Fellowship, Cancer Research Institute (CRI), 2014-2017
Vilas Travel Grant, 2010
Biochemistry Travel Grant, 2010
Vilas Travel Grant, 2009
Biochemistry Travel Grant, 2009
Best Poster Award (UW Madison Immunology Symposium), 2008
Dean’s Honour List (University of Waterloo, Faculty of Science), 2004
University Undergraduate Research Award (NSERC), 2004
Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC), 2002
Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC), 2001



PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

BSc, University of Waterloo

Post-Doctoral Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected Articles

  • Courtney, A.H., Lo, W.L., Weiss, A., TCR Signaling: Mechanisms of initiation and propagation. Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 2018, 43 (2), 108-123.
  • Courtney, A.H., Amacher, J.A., Kadlecek, T.A., Mollenauer, M.N., Au-Yeung, B.B., Kuriyan, J., Weiss, A., A phosphosite within the SH2 domain of Lck regulates its activation by CD45. Molecular Cell. 2017, 67 (3), 498-511.
  • Manz, B.N., Tan, X.Y., Courtney, A.H., Rutaganira, F., Palmer, E., Shokat, K.M., Weiss, A., Small molecule inhibition of Csk alters affinity recognition by T cells. eLife. 2015, 4, e08088.
  • Courtney, A.H., Bennett, N.R., Zwick, D.B., Hudon, J., Kiessling, L.L., Synthetic antigens reveal dynamics of BCR endocytosis during inhibitory signaling. 2013, ACS Chemical Biology. 2014, 9 (1), 202-210.
  • Courtney, A.H., Puffer, E.B., Pontrello, J.K., Yang, Z.Q., Kiessling L.L., Sialylated multivalent antigens engage CD22 in trans and inhibit B cell activation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2009, 106(8), 2500-2505. (Highlighted in C&E News and ACS Chemical Biology).

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