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Dr. Sergey Nikolaev is a specially Appointed Assistant Professor at WRHI and Laboratory for Materials and Structures at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the Ural Federal University in Russia.

Research scientist in radiation biology and immunology. Special interest in preclinical tumor models and translational research. Development of combination treatments (radiotherapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy).

Expertise in cellular and molecular biology techniques applied to oncology. Management of translational research projects and partnership with pharmaceutical companies.


Ruth Muschel has been Deputy Director of the Oxford Institute of Radiation Oncology and Professor of Molecular Pathology at the University of Oxford since 2005.  

She obtained MD and PhD degrees at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City and completed her specialty training in anatomic pathology at Columbia University and the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda.


Jean-Luc PERFETTINI is currently “Director of Research” at the “French Medical Research Council” (INSERM), deputy director of the research unit “Molecular Radiotherapy” INSERM U1030, deputy member of the steering
committee of “Infectious Disease Models and Innovative Therapies (IDMIT) National Center” and member of the council of the Laboratory of Excellence in Research on Medication and Innovative Therapeutics (Labex LERMIT).


Dr. Roth is a board-certified neurosurgeon and founding member of North Jersey Brain and Spine Center, the prestigious, multi-specialized group of neurosurgeons located in Bergen County NJ. He is the Chairman of Neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center and the Founding Chair of Neurosurgery at New Jersey’s newest medical school, The Seton Hall School of Medicine.


Vassili Soumelis is a Professor of Immunology at Université Paris Diderot, senior physician in immunology, Hôpital Saint Louis, Paris, and team leader in the newly created Inserrm Unit HIPI ‘Human Immunology, Pathophysiology, Immunotherapy’.

He made important contributions to the fields of human immunology, dendritic cell and T cell biology, cytokine biology, disease physiopathology, including HIV infection, allergy, autoimmunity and cancer. In the past 8 years, his focus shifted to the large-scale systems analysis of immune cell diversity and cell-cell communication in tissue inflammation, using bioinformatics and mathematical modeling approaches.


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Confirmed speakers so far:

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Alan Melcher, MD, PhD

Professor Alan Melcher graduated in medicine from the University of Oxford in 1989, and trained in Clinical Oncology (Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy) in Cardiff, London and Leeds.

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Caroline Robert, MD, PhD

Caroline Robert, M.D., Ph.D., is the Head of the Dermatology Unit at Gustave Roussy and co-director of the Melanoma Research Unit at INSERM 981 Paris-Sud University.

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Eric Vivier, DVM, PhD

Eric Vivier, DVM, PhD, is a professor of immunology at Aix-Marseille University, France. He graduated with the highest honors (silver medal) from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort and received his doctoral degree in immunology from Paris XI University.

Eric Deutsch MD, PhD

Eric Deutsch, MD, PhD, full-Professor in Radiation Oncology at South-Paris University, head of the Inserm Unit 1030 « Molecular Radiology Laboratory » and Head of the Radiation Oncology Department in Villejuif, France.

Silvia C. Formenti, MD

During the past twelve years, Dr. Formenti has introduced a paradigm shift in radiation biology, by elucidating the role of ionizing radiation on the immune system, and demonstrating efficacy of combining radiotherapy with immunotherapy in solid tumors.

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Guido Kroemer, MD, PhD

His work has had far reaching implications for the comprehension, detection and therapeutic manipulation of cellular demise. His contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Descartes Prize of the European Union, the Carus Medal of the German Academy of Sciences, the Grand Prix Mergier-Bourdeix of the French Academy of Sciences, the Lucien Dautrebande Prize of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, the Gallet & Breton Prize of the French Academy of Medicine and others.

Sandra Demaria, MD

Dr. Demaria is internationally known for her studies demonstrating the synergy of local radiation therapy with different immunotherapeutic agents in pre-clinical models of cancer. She was the first to show that radiotherapy can convert tumors unresponsive to immune checkpoint inhibitors into responsive ones, a finding being translated in several clinical trials at multiple institutions.

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Florent Ginhoux, PhD

As a postdoctoral fellow, Florent Ginhoux joined the Laboratory of Miriam Merad in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), New York where he studied the ontogeny and the homeostasis of cutaneous dendritic cell populations, with a strong focus on Langerhans cells.

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Laurence Zitvogel, MD, PhD

During the lecture, Prof. Zitvogel will discuss the association between the gut microbiota and therapeutic effectiveness of alkylating agents, platinum salts, and immune checkpoint inhibitors. Additionally, Prof. Zitvogel will cover the latest findings that support the diagnosis of dysbiosis in patients with cancer and the predictive gut biomarkers of sensitivity or resistance to PD-1 blockade.

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Lorenzo Galluzzi, PhD

Prior to joining Weill Cornell Medical College (2017), Lorenzo Galluzzi was a Junior Scientist of the Research Team “Apoptosis, Cancer and Immunity” at the Cordeliers Research Center (Paris, France; 2012-2016). Lorenzo Galluzzi did his post-doctoral training at the Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center (Villejuif, France; 2009-2011), after receiving his PhD from the Paris Sud University (Le Kremlin-Bicetre, France; 2005-2008).

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Jérôme Galon, MD, PhD

Dr. Galon was trained as an immunologist at the Pasteur Institute and at the Curie Institute (Paris, France). He holds a Ph.D. degree in Immunology (Jussieu University, Paris, France, 1996). Between 1997 and 2001 he worked at the NIH (National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA) on functional genomics, bioinformatics and immunology on fundamental and clinical research.

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Ignacio Melero, MD, PhD

In 1994 he moved to Seattle, WA where he worked on tumor immunology and immunotherapy, studying T cell ignorance of tumor antigens and the role of T cell costimulation in mouse models of cancer. His studies of that time on CD137-mediated co-stimulation of curative antitumor immune responses have received much attention by the immunotherapy of cancer community and have resulted in therapeutic agents undergoing phase II clinical trials.

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Udo Gaipl, MD, PhD

Since 2007 he heads the Radiation Immunobiology and is head of the Experimental Radiation Oncology of the German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO). Since 2015 he his Professor for Experimental Medicine and has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers on immune modulations by radiation and stressed cells.

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Vassili Soumelis, MD, PhD

His team combines expertise in immunology, computational biology, and medicine. Vassili Soumelis coordinated a European FP6 Excellence Grant (2005-2009), participated in a EuroTransbio project (2007-2009), coordinated bioinformatics and systems biology in the European consortium MAARS (FP7), and received ERC consolidator and proof-of-concept grants.

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Jean-Luc Perfettini, PhD

Jean-Luc PERFETTINI is currently developing an integrative research program in the field of radiation oncology that aims at characterizing ionizing radiations-induced cell death and senescence modalities, developing preclinical mouse models to study the immune responses elicited by anti-cancer treatments, and identifying innovative therapeutic approaches that could improve the effectiveness of anticancer treatments.

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Michele Mondini, PhD

Scientific and managing executive of an early stage biotech start-up. Lecturer in Clinical Diagnostic. Mentoring of students. Specialties: Research in the field of radiotherapy, immunotherapy and virology.

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Patrick Roth, MD

He has managed the Neurosurgery Residency Program at HUMC for nearly twenty years, served as a perennial teacher of third year medical students, and regularly mentors high school and college students interested in a career in medicine. He is currently attending the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where he will obtain a Masters in Healthcare Administration.

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Ruth J. Muschel, MD, PhD

She continued on staff at the NCI before taking an academic position at the University of Pennsylvania, where she advanced to the rank of Professor.

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Sergey Nikolaev, PhD

He worked as a postdoctorate researcher at the King’s College in London (UK), at SPINTEC in Grenoble (France), and at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba (Japan).

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