Scott Abrams, PhD

Professor of Oncology
Department of Immunology
Co-Leader, Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Special Interests: 
Defining molecular mechanisms by which lymphocytes kill tumor cells in vivo
Identifying tumor escape mechanisms, with emphasis on how the neoplastic process promotes immune suppression
Developing novel combination therapies to augment anti-cancer responses


Dr. Scott Abrams joined the Faculty of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park) in 2008 and, in 2013, was promoted to Professor of Oncology and Member in the Department of Immunology. He holds a joint appointment as Research Professor on the Graduate Faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Moreover, in 2013, he was appointed as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Immunology at Roswell Park and, in 2014, was reappointed to the UB Graduate Faculty with Distinction.

Dr. Abrams came to Roswell Park from the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, MD, where he served as an Investigator. He has been honored by the NCI/NIH with five consecutive Performance Awards from 2003–2007, and was the recipient of six NIH Federal Technology Transfer Awards for the discovery of human T lymphocyte peptide epitopes reflecting ras codon 12 mutations. The identification of such mutated ras peptide sequences has also culminated in patent approval in both Europe and the U.S.

Currently, Dr. Abrams serves on several external grant review panels. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles, reviews and book chapters, and has received numerous national and international invitations to speak.


Education and Training: 
PhD (Microbiology and Immunology) Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Professional Memberships: 
American Association for Cancer Research
American Association of Immunologists
Sigma Xi Society
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer