Michael Olin

Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Faculty, Brain Tumor Program


Dr. Olin is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Dr. Olin graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1995 with a BS in biochemistry and a BA in chemistry. After graduating, he worked in industry for 5 years before returning to the U of M to complete his PhD in Veterinary Medicine (Infectious Disease) in 2005. From 2006-2008 Dr. Olin did a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Philip Peterson studying the effects of opioids on tuberculosis meningitis, and from 2008-2011 he did a second post doctoral fellowship with Dr. John Ohlfest in brain tumor immunotherapy. Dr. Olin joined the Department of Pediatrics Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2011.

Research Summary

Dr. Olin's scientific interest is defining the mechanism(s) of suppression inhibiting the ability to mount a tumoricidal response evident in the tumor draining lymph nodes and tumor environment and developed potential ways to modulate the immunosuppressive activity. Immunosuppressive tumor environment is a major hurdle for the immune system to overcome. Dr. Olin is focused on the development of inhibitors derived to overcome the suppressive tumor microenvironment.


PhD in Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Postdoctoral Fellowship,
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Honors and Recognition

Elected into the American Brain Tumor Alumni Research Network Program
Team Science Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Co-chair Alumni Research Network Program, American Brain Tumor Association
Basic Science Paper of the Year (Associate or Full Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota



Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Mayo Mail Code 484
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Contact

Abby Wenninger, MPH
Administrative Associate, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities
Email: wenni021@umn.edu | Office: Mayo A547
Administrative Fax Number: 612-624-3913