Roland B. Walter

Appointments and Affiliations

University of Washington
School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Appointed: 2014
University of Washington
School of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Appointed: 2014
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Division
Associate Member, Appointed: 2016
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Mailing Address

1100 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98109-1024


Phone: (206) 667-3599
Fax: (206) 667-6519


M.S., University of Washington, Epidemiology (Clinical Research), 2011.
Ph.D., University of Washington, Experimental Pathology, 2006.
M.D., University of Zurich, Medicine, 1997.

Research Interests

Dr. Walter's translational research program is focused on human acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He is particularly interested in the preclinical and early clinical development of novel antigen-directed immunotherapies for AML and the delineation of the mechanisms of action and resistance that are clinically relevant for these agents. He is also investigating the molecular and phenotypic characteristics of AML stem and progenitor cells to understand how antigen-directed immunotherapies can be best utilized to eliminate these cells. In clinical studies, Dr. Walter is involved in the conduct of trials testing novel treatments and innovative care approaches for AML patients. Furthermore, in collaborative research, he is taking advantage of large patient datasets to develop and improve diagnostic and prognostic tools in AML.

Honors and Awards

2014-2019, Scholar in Clinical Research Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
2013-2016, ‘A’ Award, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
2013, Ellermann Price, Swiss Society of Hematology, Switzerland
2012, Corresponding Member, Supreme Council, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)
2009-2012, Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Health (NIH)
2006-2009, Special Fellow Career Development Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
2005, SIAK/ESSEX Award in Applied Cancer Research Switzerland
2005, Dr. Ernst Th. Jucker Price for Cancer Research Switzerland
2005-2007, Clinical/Translational Research Scholar Award, American Society of Hematology
2005-2005, Career Development Award, Janggen-Pohn Foundation, Switzerland
2004-2004, Interdisciplinary Dual Mentor Fellowship, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
2002-2004, Fellowship for Advanced Researchers, Swiss Foundation for Medical-Biological Grants

Previous Positions

2008-2010, Research Associate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Clinical Research Division
2008-2010, Acting Instructor in Medicine, University of Washington, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology
2005-2007, Fellow, University of Washington, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology
2002-2008, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Clinical Research Division
1999-2002, Resident, University of Zurich, Department of Medicine
1997-1999, Resident, Kantonsspital Chur, Department of Medicine
1996-1997, Research Fellow, University of Zurich, Department of Medicine


Recent Publications

Araki D, Walter RB.  2016.  Reply to C.S. Hourigan et al.. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 34(21):2558-9.

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