Postdoctoral Fellow- Cell Therapy/Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Staff Name: 
Christopher G. Kanakry, M.D.
Experimental Transplantation and Immunotherapy Branch
Research Area Keywords: 

immunology, immunotherapy, transplantation

Position Description: 

Dr. Christopher Kanakry, Lasker Clinical Research Scholar/tenure-track investigator in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch in Bethesda, Maryland, is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in tumor immunology to study the integration of antigen-specific cellular therapy and hematopoietic cell transplantation.

The Kanakry Laboratory utilizes cellular and molecular immunologic tools to address mechanistic and translational questions with direct relevance for improving outcomes of patients undergoing HCT.  The laboratory is within the broader NCI community, which provides a vibrant and enriching environment for research in immunology, immunotherapy, transplantation, and cancer with ready access to numerous cutting-edge technologies.

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is working to solve the most pressing problems in the field through basic, translational and clinical cancer research to create the cancer medicines of tomorrow and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.

CCR is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers and offers a training environment that is second-to-none in quality of science and mentoring by outstanding principal investigators, including nine members of the National Academy of Science and eight members of the National Academy of Medicine. CCR offers fellows access to cutting-edge technologies and cores, a highly collaborative environment, awards and research forums to recognize outstanding post docs, continuous scientific symposia and lectures featuring leading researchers, a strong commitment to translational research, and a vibrant clinical research program housed in the world’s largest dedicated research hospital, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Number of Positions: 
C.V. Required: 
Number of References Required: 
Experience Required: 

Candidates should have a PhD and/or MD degree.  Substantial experience in T-cell engineering, mouse modeling, and flow cytometry is highly encouraged.

Additional Information: 

Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a potentially curative therapy for otherwise incurable hematologic malignancies.  The use of post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PTCy) as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis recently has revolutionized the HCT field by making HCT available to nearly all patients and effectively preventing both severe acute and chronic GVHD.  This approach also minimizes the post-transplant immunosuppressive burden, making this a promising platform for the integration of other immunotherapeutic strategies to prevent malignancy relapse.  However, the mechanisms underlying PTCy’s clinical efficacy have been poorly understood.  Recent work performed in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Kanakry (e.g., has disproven the existing paradigm of understanding, and we are actively developing a comprehensive new model of understanding.  Simultaneously, we are using these new biologic understandings to ra  tionally improve transplantation approaches, including developing new strategies to prevent or treat malignancy relapse, which currently is the leading reason for failure of HCT.

Bethesda, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. Living in Bethesda offers residents a suburban feel with a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The public schools in Bethesda are highly rated. 

How To Apply: 

Send a statement of interest and curriculum vitae to Dr. Christopher Kanakry, M.D. at

Contact Name: 
Christopher Kanakry
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Phone: 
Contact Fax: 

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers