Samantha Bucktrout, PhD, joined the Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy as director of research in October 2017. She is a cellular immunologist who led a cancer immunology research group for Pfizer. During her five years at Pfizer, she contributed to clinical research targeting T-cells in type 1 diabetes and led the development of state-of-the-art antibody and protein therapeutics for cancer immunotherapy.
Samantha Bucktrout’s basic research training includes two postdoctoral positions in groups of leading immunologists: the Bluestone Laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco and the Miller Laboratory at Northwestern University. Her research uncovered mechanisms of autoimmunity, describing the dendritic cell subsets that drive epitope spreading, and regulatory T-cell dysfunction in type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Her research has been published in Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, and Immunity. A native of England, she graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a bachelor’s degree in biology and holds a doctorate in immunology from the University of Edinburgh.