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Summer Lecture Series II: The HPV Vaccine Story: Conception to Impact (July 29, 2020)

Lecture: Science

Jul 29, 2020

Speaker(s): John T. Schiller, Ph.D. NIH Distinguished Investigator, Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
This event is recommended for: Summer Interns; Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

Second in the series of lectures specifically arranged for trainees in the NIH Summer Internship Program.  

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Dr. Schiller received his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1975, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1978, and 1982, respectively.  He is currently a NIH Distinguished Investigator and Section Chief in the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD.

In his 30 years at the NCI, Dr. Schiller has studied various aspects of papillomavirus molecular biology, immunology and epidemiology.  The laboratory headed by Dr. Schiller and Dr. Lowy led in the discovery, characterization, and clinical testing of virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines to prevent the HPV infections that cause cervical and other cancers.  They have facilitated technology transfer to potential HPV vaccine manufacturers in developing countries and provided leadership in promoting global public health issues related to the implementation of HPV vaccination.  They have received numerous awards for this work including the 2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the 2017 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.  Dr. Schiller’s current interests include basic studies of papillomavirus virion assembly and infection and the development of 2nd generation HPV vaccines, and vaccines and therapies for other infectious diseases and cancers. 

NOTE: Dr. Schiller was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in April 2020.

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