W. Martin Kast, PhD
|Title||Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology|
|School||Keck School of Medicine of USC|
|Department||Molecular Microbiology and Immunology|
|Address||NRT 7507 1450 Biggy Street|
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles California 90033
|Phone||+1 323 442 3870|
|Title||Walter A. Richter Cancer Research Chair|
|Title||Director Medical Biology Graduate Program|
W. Martin Kast, PhD is a Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC) of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. He holds the Walter A. Richter Cancer Research Chair and is the co-director of the NCCC Tumor Micro-environment program, the Director of the USC Medical Biology Graduate Program, a member of the USC Graduate School Admissions Committee and the Director of the Beckman Center for Immune Monitoring. A native of the Netherlands, he earned his BS, MS, and PhD summa cum laude, from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He has and is serving on multiple Study Sections including NIH and CPRIT. His research involves the design of therapeutic cancer vaccines directed against human papilloma virus (HPV) and prostate cancer. Several of his therapeutic HPV vaccines have or are currently been tried out in clinical trials. He studies how HPV enters cells and also studies the interaction of HPV with the human immune system to find out how HPV escapes immune detection and how to reverse that. He has published over 260 articles that have been quoted more than 19,000 times and lead to a publication h-index of 73. He is also the inventor on 18 patents. His research is supported by NIH and DOD grants. He is a recipient of the 1991 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek award, the 1991 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences award, the 2010 IRPC Eminent Scientist of the year Award for the USA, the 2012 Landsteiner Prize, the 2014 Mellon Award for graduate student mentoring, the 2015 STOP Cancer Award and the 2015 BeHEARD Award. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Translational Medicine, International Reviews of Immunology, HPV Today and Papillomavirus research. He also serves as the secretary/treasurer of the International Papillomavirus Society and on the advisory board of 6 biotechnology companies. In his free time he is a Scoutmaster and an actor.
|Netherlands Cancer Institute||1991||Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Prize|
|Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences||1991
||1995||Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Career Award|
|IRPC||2010||Eminent Scientist of the Year|
|World Scientist Forum||2010||North American Immunologist of the Year|
|University of Amsterdam||2012||Landsteiner Prize|
|University of Southern California||2014||Mellon Award for Graduate Student Mentoring|
|STOP Cancer||2015||STOP Cancer Award|
|Rare Genomics Institute||2015||BeHeard Ultimate Prize|
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