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 two primary aims:

  1. To identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying regulation of antitumor
    immunity.
  2. To discover and test new immunologic approaches to treat or prevent cancer.

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

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

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
      Saja Asakrah, MD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
        Byron Au-Yeung, PhD
        Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
          Manoj Bhasin, PhD, MS
          Acting Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Bioinformatics, 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
              Associate Dean of Basic Research, Emory University School of Medicine
                Zachary S. Buchwald, MD, PhD
                Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                  Andres Chang, MD, PhD
                  Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, 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 and 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
                          Leader, Cancer Immunology Research Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                            Kavita Dhodapkar, MBBS
                            Scientific Director, Immune Monitoring Shared Resource, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                              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
                                  Tomas Garzon-Muvdi, MD, MSc
                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                    Cynthia R. Giver, PhD
                                    Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, 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
                                          Jeanne E. Hendrickson, MD
                                          Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                            Curtis Henry, PhD
                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                              Edwin M. Horwitz, MD, PhD
                                              Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                David L. Jaye, MD
                                                Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                  Mohammad K. Khan, MD, PhD, MS, FACRO, DABR
                                                  Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                    Haydn T. Kissick, PhD
                                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                      Jessica Konen, PhD
                                                      Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, 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
                                                          Christian P. Larsen, MD, DPhil, FACS
                                                          Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                            Gregory B. Lesinski, PhD, MPH
                                                            Associate Director for Basic Research and Shared Resources, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                              Charoan Li, PhD
                                                              Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University
                                                                Anant Madabhushi, PhD
                                                                Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                                  Edjah K. Nduom, MD, FAANS
                                                                  Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                    Brian Michael Olson, PhD
                                                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                      Chrystal M. Paulos, PhD
                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                        Anne Piantadosi, MD, PhD
                                                                        Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 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
                                                                                Susan Ribeiro, PhD
                                                                                Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                  John D. Roback, MD, PhD
                                                                                  Professor, Department of Pathology and 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
                                                                                        Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, PhD
                                                                                        Professor and Vice-Chair of Translational Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                          Periasamy Selvaraj, PhD
                                                                                          Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                            Ashish A. Sharma, PhD
                                                                                            Instructor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                              H. Trent Spencer, PhD
                                                                                              Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                Lisa Sudmeier, MD, PhD
                                                                                                Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                  Eric J. Sundberg, PhD
                                                                                                  Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                    Edmund K. Waller, MD, PhD, FACP
                                                                                                    Interim Associate Director of Clinical Research, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                      Kirsten M. Williams, MD
                                                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
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