Michael Olin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Michael Olin

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-3123

Fax 612-624-3514

Office Address:
Masonic Cancer Center
MMC 806
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Lynn Levercom Wodziak

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

PhD, Veterinary Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Minnesota, Duluth

Hydrogeology and Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, Duluth


Dr. Olin is an Assistant 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/Interests

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.