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 Ryan Nobles, program coordinator, at (404) 712-5839 or via email.

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
      Saja Asakrah, MD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & 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
          Scientific Director, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Shared Resource, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
            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
                                        Edwin M. Horwitz, MD, PhD
                                        Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                          David L. Jaye, MD
                                          Associate 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
                                                    Charoan Li, PhD
                                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University
                                                      Edjah K. Nduom, MD, FAANS
                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, 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
                                                            Anne Piatadontis, MD, PhD
                                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & 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
                                                                    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
                                                                          Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, PhD
                                                                          Adjunct Professor and Vice-Chair of Translational Medicine, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                            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
                                                                                  Kirsten M. Williams, MD
                                                                                  Acting Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                    Steven Yeh, MD
                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine
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