Cancer Immunology

The Cancer Immunology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University facilitates research that seeks to prevent and treat cancer by harnessing the immune system.

The Cancer Immunology Research Program was founded with the mission to integrate and invigorate immuno-oncology efforts within Winship, building on existing strengths at Emory University and collaborating institutions.

The program focuses on translating innovative concepts and approaches to the clinic, particularly those innovations that address unmet needs and have the greatest potential impact for patients.

The program has three primary aims:

  1. To identify cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the capacity of the immune system to inhibit tumor growth.
  2. To define the mechanisms that permit tumors to resist and escape tumor immunity.
  3. To discover and test new approaches for promoting anti-tumor immunity and reducing toxicity.

The program is further enhanced by Winship's Center for Cancer Immunology, Immune Monitoring Shared Resource, the Emory Vaccine Center, and a P30 grant supplement to accelerate the translation of new cancer cell therapies from the lab into clinical trials for patients.

To learn more about the Cancer Immunology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute, please contact Antonio Kyler at (404) 778-3537.

Cancer Immunology program members continuously publish high-quality research in premier scientific journals.

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Madhav V. Dhodapkar, MBBS

Madhav V. Dhodapkar, MBBS

Director of Center for Cancer Immunology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Leader, Cancer Immunology Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

An internationally recognized immunobiologist, Dr. Dhodapkar is working to harness the properties of the immune system to detect, prevent and treat cancer, with a particular focus on multiple myeloma.

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Rafi Ahmed, PhD

Rafi Ahmed, PhD

Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

The long-term goal of Dr. Ahmed's research is to understand the mechanisms of B and T cell immunological memory and to use this information to develop new vaccines for the prevention and treatment of disease.

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Rafi Ahmed, PhD
Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology Research Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
    John D. Altman, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine
      Manoj Bhasin, PhD, MS
      Acting Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
        John Blazeck, PhD
        Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
          Jeremy M. Boss, PhD
          Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine
            Karen Conneely, PhD
            Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
              Max D. Cooper, MD
              Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                Craig M. Coopersmith, MD, FACS, FCCM
                Professor, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                  Madhav V. Dhodapkar, MBBS
                  Director of Center for Cancer Immunology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                    Kavita Dhodapkar, MBBS
                    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                      Erik C. Dreaden, PhD
                      Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                        Mandy L. Ford, PhD
                        Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                          Cynthia R. Giver, PhD
                          Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                            Kelly C. Goldsmith, MD
                            Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                              Arash Grakoui, PhD
                              Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious , Emory University School of Medicine
                                Ann E. Haight, MD
                                Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                  Curtis Henry, PhD
                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                    David L. Jaye, MD
                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                      Mohammad K. Khan, MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO
                                      Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                        Haydn T. Kissick, PhD
                                        Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                          Gabe A. Kwong, PhD
                                          Assistant Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                            Gregory B. Lesinski, PhD, MPH
                                            Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                              Brian Michael Olson, PhD
                                              Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                Chrystal M. Paulos, PhD
                                                Acting Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                  Brian P. Pollack, MD, PhD
                                                  Assistant Professor, Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                    Muna Qayed, MD, MsCR
                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                      Sarwish Rafiq, PhD
                                                      Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                        John D. Roback, MD, PhD
                                                        Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                          Ignacio Sanz, MD
                                                          Mason I. Lowance Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                            A. Fatih Sarioglu, PhD, MS
                                                            Assistant Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
                                                              Periasamy Selvaraj, PhD
                                                              Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                H. Trent Spencer, PhD
                                                                Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                  Edmund K. Waller, MD, PhD, FACP
                                                                  Professor, Departments of Medicine, Pathology, and Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
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