Program faculty are studying mechanisms of viral-induced oncogenesis, and how immune biology and related microenvironment changes affect cancer oncogenesis, tumor biology and metastasis, with a particular focus on cell signaling, tumor immune surveillance, immune suppression, cancer immunotherapy, viral replication and oncology, leukemia, microvascular inflammation and tumor microenvironment control of immune responses.

Our researchers are also closely aligned with the NCI-funded Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center (DLDCCC) at Baylor College of Medicine which focuses on basic and translational cancer research as well as clinical research and clinical trials. The DLDCCC offers an educational program including seminars and other special events and houses core laboratories that provide expertise and cutting-edge services (from acquiring human tissues to mouse modeling and full-service approaches to genomic, protein and metabolomics analyses, including informatics analysis of big data sets) to Immunology & Microbiology Program faculty and students. The cutting-edge research programs of our program faculty together with DLDCCC resources allow us to train students in many facets of infectious agents and immune system effects on cancer initiation and progression.

Profiles of Faculty Working on Molecular and Viral Carcinogenesis and Cancer Immunology

David B. Bates

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7747

Chromosome dynamics, molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, and cell cycle control in E. coli

Andre Catic, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Phone

  • (713) 798-1567

We study protein quality control mechanisms and their involvement in gene regulation, metabolism, and aging.

Min Chen

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8507

Autoimmunity and inflammation; Dendritic cells in immune regulation; Cytokine signal transduction

William K Decker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Cancer immunotherapy; Dendritic cell vaccination; TH polarization; Innate immune signaling

Gretchen Diehl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Impact of the microbiota on intestinal immune responses

Christophe Herman, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2126

Epigenetic inheritance and phenotypic variability

Helen E Heslop, MD, DSc (Hon)

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4662

Cell and Gene Therapy

Ann Marie Leen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4690

T cell immunotherapy for viruses and cancer

Jonathan Michael Levitt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8820

Immunotherapies, dendritic cell vaccines, and biomarkers for BPH and prostate cancer

Paul Dalling Ling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8474

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV); Gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis

Susan Jean Marriott, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4440

Viral transformation and transcription control

Leonid S. Metelitsa, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4395

Robin Parihar, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Pediatric solid tumors; Solid tumor microenvironment; Natural Killer (NK) cell biology; Cellular therapies for solid tumors

Cliona M Rooney, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4693

Virus-specific T cells for treatment of viral diseases

David R Rowley, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6220

Mechanisms of reactive stroma in cancer progression.

Michael Scheurer, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Andrew Sikora, MD, PhD

Vice Chair for Research and Co-Director Head and Neck Cancer Program

Head and neck cancer; Tumor immunology; Cancer immunotherapy; HPV-associated head and neck cancer; Cancer biology…

Thomas Michael Wheeler, M.D.

Senior Vice Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-4664

Jianhua Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4572

Functional analysis of molecular targets in cancer.

Xiang Zhang, Ph.D

Professor