Richard Koya, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Oncology
Associate Director, Center for Immunotherapy
Director, Vector Development & Production Facility
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Special Interests: 
Genetic engineering
Adoptive cellular therapy
Targeted therapy
Tumor immunology


Dr. Koya is Associate Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's Center for Immunotherapy. He is also the Associate Director of the Center for Immunotherapy and the Director of the Vector Development & Production Facility, and member of the CCSG Tumor Immunology & Immunotherapy Program Area. He received his M.D. in 1991 and completed his residence in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Clinical Oncology at UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1995. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & pathology from Hokkaido University (Japan) in 2001.

From 2001-2003 he pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Pathology at USC, Los Angeles, before joining UCLA in 2003 for an initial postdoctoral and then a faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, at UCLA with research focus in the area of Cancer Gene Therapy and Immunology.

Dr. Koya has received the Scholar Award from Ministry of Education and Culture of Japan, the Ito Foundation Award, the Nickel- V Foundation Award, and STOP CANCER Award. At Roswell Park, along with his translational lab research, Dr. Koya leads an NIH funded prospective clinical trial based on an immune-modulator -enhanced TCR-engineered T cell transfer for metastatic cancer patients. He also serves as reviewer for scientific journals in the field of Cancer Research and Immunology and as current reviewer for grants in NIH/NCI study sections.


Education and Training: 
2001 - PhD - School of Medicine, Hokkaido University, Japan
1991 - MD - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
1992-1993 - Internal Medicine - Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil
1994-1995 - Clinical Oncology - Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil
Board Certification: 
1995 - Clinical Oncology, RS, Brazil
1993 - Internal Medicine, RS, Brazil
Professional Memberships: 
2004-Present - American Association for Cancer Research
2002-Present - American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy