Skip to content
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Search Close

K. Christopher Garcia, PhD

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and Structural Biology


K. Christopher Garcia is a leading scientist studying the structural biology of cytokine receptor recognition and activation, and probing cytokine signaling mechanisms using protein engineering. Dr. Garcia’s laboratory also has a longstanding interest in the structural biology of adaptive immunity, mainly focused on understanding on how the T cell receptor recognizes MHC molecules. Dr. Garcia was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and has been a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, and of Structural Biology at Stanford University School of Medicine since 1999, and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 2005. There he has identified new paradigms for recognition and activation of a variety of receptors that play critical roles in autoimmunity, cancer, neural growth and repair, and blood pressure regulation.

Education & Training

  • Tulane University, BS
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, PhD

Awards & Honors

  • 2016: Elected to National Academy of Medicine
  • 2013: NIH MERIT award
  • 2012: Elected to National Academy of Sciences
  • 2005: Named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • 2004: Established Investigator of the American Heart Association
  • 2002: Keck Distinguished Medical Scholar
  • 2001: Pew Scholar
  • 2000: Cancer Research Institute New Investigator Award
  • 1999: American Heart Association New Investigator Award
  • 1999: Rita Allen Foundation Scholar
  • 1999: Frederick J. Terman Junior Faculty Award
  • 1999: March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award