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Lauren V. Wood, M.D.

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Vaccine Branch
Head, Vaccine Branch Clinical Trials Team
Staff Clinician
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 10, Room 4A22
Room 3B37 (Office)
Bethesda, MD 20892-1578

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Dr. Lauren V. Wood is a board certified Allergist/Immunologist and Head of the Vaccine Branch Clinical Trials Team. She earned her B.A. degree in biology from Oberlin College and her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, TX and became board certified in both specialties. Dr. Wood then came to NIAID for a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology and spent two years in the laboratory of Dr. Anthony Fauci investigating HIV-specific cellular and humoral immune responses. Following completion of her fellowship, she worked for a year with Drs. Henry Masur and H. Clifford Lane in the NIAID HIV/AIDS Clinical Research Program before being recruited to the NCI in 1992 by Dr. Philip Pizzo. As a member of the senior staff of the Pediatric HIV Working Group initially under Dr. Pizzo and subsequently under Dr. Robert Yarchoan, her clinical research focused on the investigation of antiretroviral agents and immune-based therapies in HIV-infected children, adolescents, and young adults, including the initial studies of lamivudine (3TC) and ritonavir that led to FDA approval for their use in children. Dr. Wood also conducted studies of recombinant IL-2 , HIV therapeutic vaccines and adherence to antiretroviral treatment in addition to investigating the infectious, malignant and psychosocial complications of pediatric HIV disease in collaboration with other NCI colleagues. In 2005 Dr. Wood joined the newly formed Vaccine Branch and was charged with developing a clinical translational research program which she now heads.

Dr. Wood is an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. She has served on multiple FDA, White House and other interagency advisory, review and data safety monitoring committees, in addition to the publication and invited presentation of her work at national and international scientific meetings.


The mission of the Vaccine Branch clinical research program is to develop vaccines and immune-based therapies that harness the immune response to control, eradicate or prevent cancer and HIV infection.

Our vision is that through the use of immunotherapeutic agents we will:

➢ Improve the efficacy of chemotherapy regimens and eliminate micrometastatic disease in patients with cancer.

➢ Reduce or eliminate the need for chronic administration of antiretroviral agents in patients with HIV infection.

Dr. Wood's clinical research interests include therapeutic vaccines and immune-based therapies for cancer and HIV infection, as well as approaches to prevent the malignant complications associated with chronic viral infections such as human papilloma virus (HPV) and hepatitis C. She also continues to conduct research into HIV and HPV transmission knowledge and risk behaviors associated with their acquisition.

This page was last updated on 10/29/2013.