Zachary Hartman headshot
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor in Surgery
Associate Professor in Integratvie Immunobiology
Associate Professor in Pathology
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Contact Information

Office: Box 2606 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710


Our laboratory studies immunity and inflammation in the context of developing and established cancers. These research interests involve the investigation of immune regulation in cancer and strategies to modulate innate and adaptive immunity against tumors. In these efforts, we principally explore the use of immunotherapeutic modulators against cancer and the development of vaccines and antibodies to specific oncogenic targets. Our laboratory also investigates the regulation of inflammation and immunity in cancer, as well as their impact on the genesis of cancer and its metastasis to different organ sites. The major translational focus of the Hartman laboratory is in uncovering strategies to modulate tumor-derived inflammation and stimulate tumor-specific immunity that will translate into clinically efficacious therapies in patients.

  • Pre-clinical and clinical vaccine studies against tumor driver and resistance genes
  • Investigations of the mechanisms involved in antibody-mediated immunity of cancer
  • Development of improved tumor vaccine strategies
  • Local modulation of the tumor immune microenvironment
  • Discovery and modulation of different types of inflammation

The Hartman lab is part of the Department of Surgery‚Äôs Division of Surgical Sciences and affiliated with the Center for Applied Therapeutics and the DCI Center for Immunotherapy. We have a secondary affiliation with the Department of Pathology and are also members of the Department of Pathology Graduate Training Program, the Viral Oncology Training Program (T32), the Surgical Oncology Training Program (T32), as well as the Duke Cancer Institute.

Selected Achievements

Advanced Training

The Hartman lab is currently looking for interested students and post-doctoral fellows to train in cancer immunotherapy. Interested applicants should e-mail

Contact Us

If interested in collaborations, employment, or reagents, please feel free to contact Dr. Hartman.

Publications and Funded Projects

View Dr. Hartman's profile to see his publications and funded projects.

Lab Members

Duke Actively Collaborating Faculty

Current Trainees/Staff

  • Li-Chung Tsao, PhD
  • Timothy Trotter, PhD
  • Bin-Jin Hwang, PhD
  • Jun-Ping Wei, MD
  • Gang-jun Lei
  • Xiao-Yi Yang, MD
  • Christopher Rabiola
  • Delila Serra
  • Amanda Summers
  • Tao Wang
  • RD Marek