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Kristen Pauken

Kristen Pauken

Regular Member

Assistant Professor

7455 Fannin - 1SCR4.2019

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Immunology

Cancer exploits normal host regulatory mechanisms to escape the immune system, including the inhibitory PD-1 pathway. PD-1 acts as a “brake” for T cells, and blocking this pathway with PD-1 inhibitors boosts T cell functions to enable tumor cell killing.  My long term goal is to identify strategies to selectively boost anti-tumor immunity without the pathogenic immune-related toxicities. In my lab, you can expect a highly supportive and collaborative environment.


McGovern Medical School Faculty

Pauken's Lab

Education & Training

PhD - University of Minnesota - 2013

Research Opportunities


Faculty Development