Student Corner: Russell Cruz

Jan. 1, 2012

Russell Cruz
Russell Cruz
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

After completing his undergraduate and medical degrees in his hometown of Manila in the Philippines, Russell Cruz came to BCM to pursue a Ph.D. in translational biology and molecular medicine. His research focuses on extending the applications of immunotherapy to the treatment of tumor relapse and invasive fungal disease. The work spans multiple disciplines, including immunology, microbiology and gene therapy. He and his mentors, Drs. Catherine Bollard and Helen Heslop, are also conducting several projects representing different phases or facets of translational research – from post-therapy clinical review to refining existing therapies, to going back to the bench to perform more basic science research.

Cruz, who expects to graduate in the spring of 2012, hopes to go into a research residency track that would allow him to be a physician-scientist in hematology and oncology.

Outside of the lab, Cruz is passionate about graphic design and gives lectures to students on making presentations.

Cruz's 7-year-old daughter keeps him busy but also gives him inspiration and joy.