Skip to content
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Search Close

Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD

Professor of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Immunology in the Division of Cancer Medicine


Padmanee Sharma is a professor of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Immunology in the Division of Cancer Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has participated in 54 research outputs since 1996, focusing primarily on immunotherapy in her collaborations with Dr. James P. Allison. Sharma is a Cancer Research Institute Investigator who has tested new prostate cancer immunotherapies, looking for differences in T cell subsets and function between pre-therapy blood and tissue samples versus post-therapy blood and tissue samples. She has won multiple awards during her career including the 2012 MD Anderson Cancer Center Faculty Scholar Award and the 2008 Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award. With Allison, Sharma is exploring combinations of immunological therapies and targeted drugs in preclinical studies to more effectively treat a variety of cancers.

Education & Training

  • 1998: Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA, MD, Medicine
  • 1998: Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA, Ph.D., Immunology
  • 1991: Boston University, Boston, MA, MA, Biotechnology
  • 1990: Boston University, Boston, MA, BA, Biology
  • 2000: New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine
  • 2004: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, Clinical Fellowship, Medical Oncology

Awards & Honors

  • 2012: MD Anderson Cancer Center Faculty Scholar Award; MD Anderson Women Faculty Programs "Woman Leading the Way"; National Institute of Health R01 Award
  • 2011: Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Award
  • 2010: DOD/CDMRP Idea Development Award
  • 2009: American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant
  • 2008: Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award; Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award; Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award in Immunology
  • 2007: Carl C. Anderson, Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation; MD Anderson Cancer Center Bladder Cancer SPORE Development Award; The Gillson Longenbaugh Foundation
  • 2006: American Society of Clinical Oncology Career Development Award; Cancer Research Institute Clinical Investigator Award; Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • 2005: MD Anderson Cancer Center Institutional Research Grant; MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Scientist Training Program Award; National Institute of Health Renewal Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award
  • 2003: American Society of Clinical Oncology, Young Investigator Award                 Recipient; Award Recipient, GSK National Medical Oncology Fellows Forum
  • 2002: Award for Abstract Presentation, Doris Duke Symposium
  • 2001: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Institutional NIH T32 Grant
  • 1998: Pennsylvania State University, Department of Medicine Scholarship for    Excellence in Medicine
  • 1995: Pennsylvania State University Student Clinician Research Award
  • 1994: The Judy S. Finkelstein Memorial Award in Immunology
  • 1990: Golden Key National Honor Society