Scientific & Medical Advisory Board

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Scientific & Medical Advisory Board Members

Lisa H. Butterfield

Lisa H. Butterfield, Ph.D., is the Vice President of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Research Center, and an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco.  Her research is focused on the development of cancer vaccines and advanced cellular therapies. Dr. Butterfield was most recently Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Immunology and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh (2003-2018) and Director of the Hillman Cancer Center Immunologic Monitoring and Cellular Products Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Biology from UCLA, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in Cellular Immunology and Cancer Gene Therapy also at UCLA. She was the President of SITC, 2017-2018 and a member of the SITC Executive Committee (2015-2020). She led the Immunology Reference Lab for the ECOG-ACRIN NCI cooperative group (2006-2018). She investigates immunotherapy for hepatocellular cancer and melanoma, involving peptides, dendritic cells and adeno viruses, and effector responses to tumor antigens. Dr. Butterfield has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews and book chapters.

 

Francesco Marincola

Dr. Francesco Marincola is the Chief Scientific Officer of Refuge Biotech and Past President of SITC. Previously he held positions as head of the genetic research institute at Sidra Medical and Research Center as well as Chief of the Infectious Disease and Immunogenetics Section in the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the Clinical Center of the NIH in Bethesda. He was founder and serves as Editor-in-Chief, for the Journal of Translational Medicine and ASHI Quarterly, senior editor for the Journal of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and editor for a variety of academic journals. Dr. Marincola has done extensive research in tumor immunology by developing strategies for studying tumor-host interactions in the context of human genetic polymorphism and cancer heterogeneity. The NIH Immunogenetics laboratory is recognized nationally and internationally for the cutting edge technologies applied to the study of genetic materials at the genomic, transcriptional, epigenetic and mutational level. In particular, Dr Marincola’s laboratory has developed techniques to continuously study tumors in vivo during the dynamic response to immunotherapy. Dr. Marincola received his MD degree from the University of Milan, and his surgery training at Stanford University.  He has published more than 600 original articles, reviews, editorials, and books.

 

Santosh Kesari

Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified neurologist and neuro-oncologist. He serves as Director of Neuro-oncology and chair of the Department of Translational Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. He is also founder and director of Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s Research Center. A highly accomplished physician and scientist, Dr. Kesari specializes in personalized medicine for patients with malignant brain tumors. He has extensive experience in precision therapeutic strategies targeting brain tumors. Dr. Kesari’s research efforts have focused on oncolytic viruses, signal transduction, immunotherapy, and translational clinical trials. His goal is to advance the development of innovative to eradicate brain tumors. He has published more than 300 original articles, reviews, editorials, books and clinical communications. Dr. Kesari has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his medical career, and he was named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly.