Faculty - Tumor Immunology Ph.D. Track

Scott Abrams, PhD
Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Co-Leader, Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy CCSG Program
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Cytotoxic T cells, myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), immune suppression, immunotherapy.


Joseph Barbi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Regulatory T cell biology, immune regulation, immunotherapy.


Prasenjit Dey, PhD
Assistant Professor Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Cytokine biology, Oncogene addiction, T cells.


Marc Ernstoff, MD
Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine
The Katherine Anne Gioia Chair of Medicine
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Immunobiology of human cancer and the development of new immune therapies; melanoma and kidney cancer; translational and clinical research, clinical protocols and trials. Exploring the immune response to disease and therapy.


Sharon Evans, PhD
Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Lymphocyte trafficking, IL-6 biology, MDSCs, adoptive T cell transfer, immunotherapy.


Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University at Buffalo
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

B cell biology and autoimmune syndromes.


Sandra Gollnick, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Oncology, Departments of Cell Stress Biology & Immunology
Director, Photodynamic Therapy Center (PDT) Center
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), cytokines, immunotherapy, inflammation.


Francisco Hernandez-Ilizaliturri, MD
Professor of Medicine & Chief of Lymphoma, Department of Medicine
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Hematologic malignancies, namely B cell lymphoma, apoptosis, therapeutic modulation.


Bonnie Lee Hylander, PhD
Associate Professor of Oncology, Department of Immumology
Affiliate Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Immunotherapy, vaccines, heat shock proteins, stress and the immune response.


Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD
Professor of Oncology, Departments of Medicine & Immunology
Vice Chair for Translational Research, Department of Medicine
Co-Leader, Tumor Immunology & Immunotherapy CCSG Program
Rustum Family Professor for Molecular Therapeutics and Translational Research
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Dendritic cells and vaccine development, immunotherapies, immune suppression, NK biology.


Danuta Kozbor, PhD
Associate Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Virotherapy of cancer, ovarian cancer-immune interactions.


Joseph T.Y. Lau, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Hematopoiesis under normal and neoplastic conditions, glycobiology.


Kelvin Lee, MD
Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Jacobs Family Chair in Immunology
Senior Vice President for Basic Science
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Dendritic cell development, plasma cell and myeloma biology, CD-28 signaling.


Hans Minderman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Associate Director, Flow Cytometry Research Services
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Clinical application of imaging flow cytometry, identification of methods to enhance treatment response in leukemia and lymphoma, elucidation of mutlidrug resistance mechanisms.


Jason Muhitch, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology, Departments of Urology & Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Monocyte biology, immunotherapy, renal cell cancer.


Michael Nemeth, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology, Departments of Medicine & Immunology
Director, Graduate Studies, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Hematopoietic and leukemia stem cell biology, dendritic cell defects in blood cancer.


Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG
Deputy Director
Chair, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
The M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
Executive Director, Center for Immunotherapy
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

T cell receptor-targeted therapies, ovarian cancer biology, immune suppression.


Scott Olejniczak, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

mRNA translation, microRNA function, Intracellular signaling, cellular metabolism.


Distinguished Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
The Dr. William Huebsch Professorship in Immunology
Co-Leader, Cell Stress and Biophysical Therapies CCSG Program
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Immunotherapy, vaccines, heat shock proteins, stress and the immune response.


Brahm Segal, MD
Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine; Chief, Infectious Diseases 
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

NADPH oxidase, neutrophil macrophage biology, Nrf-2 signaling.


Ben Seon, PhD
Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Angiogenesis, novel antigens, endoglin expression and function, CD231.


Joseph Skitzki, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Oncology, Department of Surgical Oncology
Associate Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Immunotherapies, melanoma, animal modeling, regional therapes, clinical translation.


Ashwani Sood, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Breast tumor antigen identification, breast DNA microarrays, breast cancer prevention and therapy.


Yasmin Thanavala, PhD
Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Development and delivery of vaccines,immune suppression, inflammation, hepatocellular carcinoma.


Eunice Wang, MD
Assocate Professor of Oncology, Department of Immunology
Chief, Leukemia Service, Department of Medicine
Member, UB Graduate Faculty
Research Interests:

Leukemia, hypoxia, angiogenesis.