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Ivana Vancurova

Program Director and Professor
Biological Sciences


ASBMB Program Director
Biological Sciences

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Laboratory of Cancer Immunology

Research Overview

The goal of our studies is to understand the transcriptional mechanisms that regulate expression of pro-inflammatory and immunosuppressive cytokines, as they relate to cancer development and progression, as well as to numerous inflammatory disorders. Particularly, we are interested in the immune responses that limit the sensitivity to anti-cancer therapies. By understanding the immune mechanisms how cancer cells escape the therapeutic pressure of anti-cancer drugs, we can develop more effective anti-cancer combination strategies.

Our research has been enriched tremendously by the diligent and creative work of many graduate and undergraduate students, who after graduating from SJU, assumed research positions at Harvard, Columbia Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, and other premier research institutions.

This research has been published in over 70 research articles and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

NIH Funding

National Institute of Child and Human Development

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Cancer Institute

Courses Taught at St. John's University

Concepts and Methods of Immunology, BIO 3460

Immune System in Human Disease, BIO 2290

Principles of Immunochemistry and Immunobiology, BIO 250


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