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Leonid Metelitsa, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Metelitsa is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Russia in 1992 and 1995, respectively followed by a research fellowship in tumor immunology at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA. In 2002 Dr. Metelitsa became an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at USC and in 2009 he joined Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at BCM in Houston, TX. Metelitsa’s laboratory has made pioneering contributions to the field of NKT cell research, especially as it relates to immunobiology and immunotherapy of pediatric tumors such as neuroblastoma. Another major research direction in Metelitsa’s lab is the development of a novel Salmonella-based cancer vaccine platform. Besides continuous funding from NIH/NCI since 2005, Metelitsa is a Principle Investigator on three currently active projects from CPRIT.