Cancer Immunology Research Program

The scientific goal of the Cancer Immunology Program at the Hollings Cancer Center is to understand the basic mechanisms by which the immune system is regulated in cancer and to apply these discoveries to the development of new immunotherapies.

Zihai Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Zihai Li

Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

College of Medicine

Academic Focus

  • Oncology, Tumor Immunology, Cancer Vaccine, Innate Immunity, and Stem Cell Biology

 Research Profile

Chrystal M. Paulos, Ph.D.

Dr. Chrystal  M. Paulos

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

College of Medicine

Academic Focus

  • Microbiology and Immunology

 Research Profile

Featured Research

Using artificial intelligence and bioinformatics, researchers can create a two-dimensional mapping that can read test results, creating an Instagram of millions of blood cells.

Researcher creates ‘Instagram’ of immune system, blending science, technology

Being on the cutting edge of science and technology excites Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) researcher Carsten Krieg, Ph.D. Each day, he walks into his lab that houses a mass cytometry machine aptly labeled Helios. Krieg explains how it can heat plasma up to 6,000 degrees Celsius, levels comparable to temperatures found on the sun.

This allows the German native, who recently joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina’s departments of immunology and dermatology, to accomplish an interesting feat. He creates a sort of ‘Instagram’ of a person’s immune system. For cancer patients on experimental immunotherapy treatments, the practical application is obvious and exciting, he said.

Shared Resources

To ensure cancer investigators have access to specialized technology and research services, the Hollings Cancer Center supports shared resources that are efficient, cost-effective and provide the latest industry standards for enhanced scientific productivity.

Shared Resources

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