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    W. Martin Kast, PhD

    TitleProfessor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentMolecular Microbiology and Immunology
    AddressNRT 7507 1450 Biggy Street
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033
    Phone+1 323 442 3870
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      TitleWalter A. Richter Cancer Research Chair

      TitleDirector 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.

       Awards and Honors
      Netherlands Cancer Institute1991Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Prize
      Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences1991 - 1995Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Career Award
      IRPC2010Eminent Scientist of the Year
      World Scientist Forum2010North American Immunologist of the Year
      University of Amsterdam2012Landsteiner Prize
      University of Southern California2014Mellon Award for Graduate Student Mentoring
      STOP Cancer2015STOP Cancer Award
      Rare Genomics Institute2015BeHeard Ultimate Prize

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      1. Bogaert L, Martens A, Kast WM, Van Marck E, De Cock H. Bovine papillomavirus DNA can be detected in keratinocytes of equine sarcoid tumors. Vet Microbiol. 2010 Dec 15; 146(3-4):269-75..
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