Alejandro Villagra, PhD
Alejandro
Villagra
Affiliation: Cancer Immunology and Microbial Oncology Research Program, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Researcher Bio:

Professor Villagra’s research in “immunoepigenetics”, the combination of epigenetics and immunotherapy, focuses on training the immune system to kill invading cancer cells and tumors. This method of treatment, which would reduce the dependency on radiation and chemotherapy, involves disrupting the pathways that allow tumors to “trick” the immune system and grow and travel throughout the body. He and his team hope this work will lead to new drugs and therapies that will ultimately strengthen the immune system and allow it to recognize and attack cancer cells more effectively.