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Haydn T. Kissick, PhD

Senior Associate in Tumor Immunology
Division of Translational Research, Emory Department of Urology

Biography

Dr. Kissick's full profile and curriculum vitae

Dr. Kissick joined the Division of Translational Research at Emory Urology and the Emory Vaccine Center as Senior Associate in Tumor Immunology.  He received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Western Australia and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Postate Cancer Immunology at Harvard Medical School. He has been the recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Program, and currently holds the 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Dr Kissick’s research  focuses on using next generation sequencing to identify mutations to be used in personalized vaccine targets for prostate cancer. Having used these techniques in mouse models to identify novel vaccine candidates targeting mutations, Dr. Kissick found that the immune system responds effectively against the mutations, and is now evaluating mutations in prostate cancer patients to design personalized immunotherapeutic vaccines. Dr. Kissick is also characterizing how cancer can impair immune responses by inducing exhaustion in tumor-specific CD8 T-cells that progressively lose the ability to kill cancer cells. In addition, Dr. Kissick has conducted ground-breaking studies demonstrating that the hormonal milieu can influence immune T cell function. His work has been published in leading Biomedical journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Undergraduate Education
BSc in Microbiology ansd Immunology
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (2006)

Postgraduate Education
PhD in Tumor Immunology
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (2007-2011)

Fellowships
Fellowship in Prostate Cancer Immunology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (2011-2014)

Academic Appointments
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (2011-2014)
Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (2014-current)

Publications