Scientific Advisory Board

Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ribas is a professor of medicine, professor of surgery, and professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also director of the Tumor Immunology Program at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). Dr. Ribas conducts laboratory and clinical research in malignant melanoma, focusing on gene engineered adoptive cell transfer (ACT) therapies, anti-CTLA4 antibodies, anti-PD-1 antibodies, BRAF and MEK inhibitors and nanoparticle-siRNA.

Jedd Wolchok, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Wolchok is chief of the Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics service and is the Lloyd J. Old and Daniel K. Ludwig Chair in Clinical Investigation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a specialist in melanoma with a clinical expertise in immunotherapy and cancer vaccines. Dr. Wolchok’s research focuses on the development of innovative ways to use the immune system to treat cancer.

Nancy Freitag, Ph.D.

Dr. Freitag is a professor in the Microbiology and Immunology Department and the Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on understanding how pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes, come to invade and live within human and animal cells, and discovering the mechanisms used by mammalian cells to fight off pathogenic intruders.

Marc Lecuit, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lecuit is a microbiologist and infectious diseases physician. He is the director of the Biology Infection Unit at Institut Pasteur and Inserm. He is a professor at the Paris Descartes University and deputy head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Necker-Enfants Malades University Hospital. Listeria microbiology and listeriosis pathophysiology are a major focus of his research.