Mentorship

All Scholars will be provided both basic research and immunotherapy clinical trials experiences. Given that mentorship is critical to the success of our scholars, each scholar will have a team comprised of three mentors: a practicing physician in an oncologic discipline, a research scientist with expertise in immunobiology and a member of the Executive Committee with expertise aligned with the project. It is expected that one of the mentors will interact most closely with the Scholar and will be considered the primary mentor. We have carefully selected a diverse pool of 22 faculty who will serve as primary or secondary mentors.

Mentors

  • Barbara Burtness

    Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Head and Neck Cancers Program; Co-Director, Developmental Therapeutics Research Program

    Research Interests
    Drug Therapy; Head and Neck Neoplasms; Medical Oncology; Chemicals and Drugs; Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
    Clinical Interests
    Adult; Medical Oncology
  • Lieping Chen

    United Technologies Corporation Professor in Cancer Research and Professor of Immunobiology, of Dermatology and of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Co-Director, Cancer Immunology Program at Yale Cancer Center

    Research Interests
    Immunotherapy; Inflammation; Medical Oncology; Neoplasms; Autoimmunity
  • Daniel DiMaio

    Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Genetics and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Therapeutic Radiology; Deputy Director, Yale Cancer Center

    Research Interests
    DNA Virus Infections; Membrane Lipids; Neoplasms; Peptides; Proteins; Tumor Virus Infections; Virus Diseases; Polyomaviridae; Papillomaviridae
  • Richard Flavell

    Sterling Professor of Immunobiology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Research Interests
    Biology; Diabetes Mellitus; DNA, Recombinant; Immune System; Immunity; Lyme Disease; Autoimmunity; Gene Expression; Gene Transfer Techniques; Mice, Knockout; Cell Lineage; Lyme Neuroborreliosis
  • Peter M. Glazer

    Robert E. Hunter Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Professor of Genetics; Chair, Department of Therapeutic Radiology

    Research Interests
    DNA Repair; Genetics; Radiation; Mutagenesis; Gene Targeting; Radiation Oncology; Recombinational DNA Repair
    Clinical Interests
    Medical Oncology; Radiation Oncology
  • Steven Gore

    Professor of Internal Medicine (Hematology); Director of Hematologic Malignancies

    Research Interests
    Hematology; Histone Deacetylases; Leukemia; Myelodysplastic Syndromes; DNA Methylation
    Clinical Interests
    Hematology; Medical Oncology
  • David A. Hafler

    William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Professor of Neurology and Professor of Immunobiology; Chair, Department of Neurology; Neurologist-in-Chief, Yale New Haven Hospital

    Research Interests
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Genetics; HIV; Immune System; Multiple Sclerosis; Neurology; Autoimmunity
  • Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology); Interim Chief, Hematology

    Research Interests
    Hematopoiesis; Leukemia; Myelodysplastic Syndromes; Alternative Splicing; Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays; Myelopoiesis
  • Roy S. Herbst

    Ensign Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Pharmacology; Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital; Associate Director for Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center; Interim Director of Yale Center for Immuno-oncology, Yale Cancer Center

    Research Interests
    Lung Neoplasms; Medical Oncology; Thoracic Neoplasms; Clinical Trials, Phase I as Topic; Biomarkers, Pharmacological; Precision Medicine
  • Akiko Iwasaki

    Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Research Interests
    Arboviruses; Autophagy; DNA Viruses; Herpes Simplex; Immune System; Immunity, Cellular; Immunity, Innate; Influenza, Human; Molecular Biology; Pneumonia, Viral; Pregnancy Complications; Proviruses; RNA Viruses; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Tumor Virus Infections; Encephalitis, Viral; Central Nervous System Viral Diseases; Inflammasomes
  • Harriet Kluger

    Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Director, Yale SPORE in Skin Cancer, Yale Cancer Center; Director, , Yale Immuno-Oncology Training Program; Associate Cancer Center Director for Education, Training and Faculty Development, Yale Cancer Center; Deputy Section Chief, Medical Oncology

    Research Interests
    Medical Oncology; Melanoma
    Clinical Interests
    Medical Oncology; Melanoma
  • Yuval Kluger

    Professor of Pathology

    Research Interests
    Breast Neoplasms; Information Science; Pattern Recognition, Automated; Genetic Variation; Nevi and Melanomas; Genetic Structures; Mathematical Concepts
  • Diane Krause

    Professor of Laboratory Medicine, of Cell Biology and of Pathology; Assoc. Director, Yale Stem Cell Center; Assoc. Director, Transfusion Medicine Service; Medical Director, Clinical Cell Processing Laboratory; Medical Director, Advanced Cell Therapy Laboratory

    Research Interests
    Cell Biology; Hematology; Leukemia; Pathology; Stem Cells; Medical Laboratory Science; Gene Expression; Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Patricia LoRusso

    Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Professor of Medicine; Associate Director of Experimental Therapeutics at Yale Cancer Center

    Clinical Interests
    Breast Neoplasms; Melanoma; Clinical Trials, Phase I as Topic; Translational Medical Research
  • Xiaomei Ma

    Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control

    Research Interests
    Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Leukemia; Myelodysplastic Syndromes; Neoplasms
  • Katerina Politi

    Associate Professor of Pathology

    Research Interests
    Cell Transformation, Neoplastic; Lung Neoplasms; Pathology; Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor; Molecular Targeted Therapy
  • David Rimm

    Professor of Pathology and of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Director of Pathology Tissue Services; Director of Translational Pathology

    Research Interests
    Breast Neoplasms; Immunohistochemistry; Medical Oncology; Melanoma; Pathology; Biomarkers, Pharmacological
  • Alessandro Santin

    Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Gynecologic Oncology Program, Yale Cancer Center; Co-Chief, Section of Gynecologic Oncology

    Research Interests
    Genital Neoplasms, Female; Gynecology; Immunotherapy; Neoplasms, Experimental; Ovarian Neoplasms
    Clinical Interests
    Medical Oncology
  • David Stern

    Professor of Pathology; Associate Director, Shared Resources, Yale Cancer Center; Co-Leader, Signal Transduction Research Program, Yale Cancer Center

    Research Interests
    Breast Neoplasms; DNA Damage; Melanoma; Neoplasms; Pathology; Signal Transduction
  • Mario Sznol

    Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Co-Director, Cancer Immunology Program at Yale Cancer Center; Co-Director, Yale SPORE in Skin Cancer

    Research Interests
    Melanoma
    Clinical Interests
    Medical Oncology; Melanoma