Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Immunotherapy, Gene Therapy and Vaccine Development

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Based in a college of medicine, an important focus of research for faculty and trainees in our program is translational with the development of vaccines and of novel therapeutic strategies, such as immunotherapy and gene therapies. In 1958, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine made the dream of eradicating polio worldwide a reality with the development of the first live polio vaccine that did not require low-temperature storage. Vaccine development continues in our program as program members develop prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against deadly viruses, bacteria and parasites. In addition, faculty and students in the program target the exquisite specificity of immune effector T-cells, NK cells, NKT, and dendritic cells and harness the ease with which they can be grown, genetically manipulated and combined with other immunotherapies, including oncolytic viruses, to use them for the immunotherapy of viral diseases and cancer. Program members also develop peptides and small molecules to alter the function of immune cells with the goal of treating cancers and infectious or autoimmune diseases.

Faculty and trainees in the program benefit from the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy that has been developing strategies to target cancer and viral diseases in the research laboratory and translating them to the clinic in over 60 clinical trials. Similarly, faculty and trainees interested in vaccine development are members of the Vaccine Research Center and the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development of the National School of Tropical Medicine.

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A-K: Profiles of Faculty Working on Immunotherapy, Gene Therapy and Vaccine Development

People
First Name
Sandeep
Middle Name
Krishna
Last Name
Agarwal
Honorific Title
M.D., Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor and Section Chief
First Name
Robert
Middle Name
Legare
Last Name
Atmar
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Christine
Last Name
Beeton
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Maria
Middle Name
Elena
Last Name
Bottazzi
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
First Name
Min
Last Name
Chen
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
William
Middle Name
K
Last Name
Decker
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Hana
Middle Name
Mohammed
Last Name
El Sahly
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Mary
Middle Name
K.
Last Name
Estes
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Distinguished Service Professor
First Name
Brian
Middle Name
Edward
Last Name
Gilbert
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Andras
Middle Name
Attila
Last Name
Heczey
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Helen
Middle Name
E
Last Name
Heslop
Honorific Title
MD, DSc (Hon)
Position
Professor
First Name
Peter
Middle Name
Jay
Last Name
Hotez
Honorific Title
M.D., Ph.D.
Position
Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine
First Name
Kathryn
Middle Name
Marie
Last Name
Jones
Honorific Title
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Jason
Middle Name
Thomas
Last Name
Kimata, PH.D.
Position
Associate Professor
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L-Z: Profiles of Faculty Working on Immunotherapy, Gene Therapy and Vaccine Development

People
First Name
Ann
Middle Name
Marie
Last Name
Leen
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Jonathan
Middle Name
Michael
Last Name
Levitt
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Paul
Middle Name
Dalling
Last Name
Ling
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Anthony
Last Name
Maresso
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Leonid
Middle Name
S.
Last Name
Metelitsa
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Robin
Last Name
Parihar
Honorific Title
M.D., Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Pedro
Middle Name
A.
Last Name
Piedra
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Cliona
Middle Name
M
Last Name
Rooney
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Sanjiv
Last Name
Sur
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Director / Professor
First Name
Masataka
Last Name
Suzuki
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Jianhua
Last Name
Yang
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Qizhi
Middle Name
Cathy
Last Name
Yao
Honorific Title
M.D., Ph.D.
Position
Professor of Surgery
First Name
E.
Middle Name
Lynn
Last Name
Zechiedrich
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology
First Name
Xiang
Last Name
Zhang
Honorific Title
Ph.D
Position
Professor
First Name
Maksim
Last Name
Mamonkin
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
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