Haydn T. Kissick, PhD


Titles and Roles

Senior Research Associate, Division of Translational Research, Department of Urology
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics


Haydn T. Kissick, PhD, is Senior Research Associate in Tumor Immunology in the Division of Translational Research at Emory Urology and the Emory Vaccine Center.


Dr. Kissick received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Western Australia and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Prostate Cancer Immunology at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Kissick's research focuses on using next generation sequencing to identify mutations to be used in personalized vaccine targets for prostate cancer. Having used these techniques in mouse models to identify novel vaccine candidates targeting mutations, Dr. Kissick and colleagues found that the immune system responds effectively against these mutations. They are now evaluating vaccines targeting mutations in prostate cancer patients as personalized immunotherapeutic vaccines. He is also interested in characterizing how the immune response to cancer is impaired by inducing exhaustion in tumor-specific CD8 T-cells, and therapies to overcome this.


Dr. Kissick's work has been published in leading biomedical journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Dr. Kissick is the recipient of the following awards:

  • Young Investigator Award, Prostate Cancer Foundation, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Program, 2013

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