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Jason M Schenkel


Jul 13

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I am thrilled to announce that the Schenkel Lab will open it’s doors on Sept 15th @MD Anderson Cancer Center @MD Anderson-UTH Grad. This is the culmination of many years of blood, sweat, and tears. I am over the moon excited to join such an incredible group of people focused on #endcancer. 1/

The Schenkel lab will focus on understanding the intersection of leukocyte trafficking and tissue microenvironment in shaping the immune response to cancer. Unraveling how these factors drive immune cell dysfunction will help drive the next generation of immunotherapy. 2/

I am forever indebted to those who have taken me under their wing. @Andrew Zloza, MD, PhD for introducing me to Immunology, and sending me down an entirely different life path. Without your guidance, who knows where I would have ended up. Maybe back in New Jersey. 3/

@Masopust Vezys Lab for taking me as an eager young graduate student, and teaching me all about T cells in infection. My PhD work very much continues to shape my views of how the immune system works, and reminds how well T cells can function when they are in the right context. 4/

Most especially, thankful to my current mentor @Agustin Robledo for taking a chance on a viral immunologist, and teaching this old dog a number of new tricks. I will be forever grateful for my time in your lab, your generosity, and your tolerance for my immunology mumbo jumbo. 5/

Lucky to have been in such a well run lab, with big thanks to @Karen Yee, @Judy teixeira, Margaret Magendantz, Kim Mercer, and Kate Anderson for making sure we didn’t burn it all down. We would be, as I like to say, up a creek without all of your support. 6/

Also privileged to have worked with such an incredible group of graduate students. David Canner, @Amy Li, @Santiago Naranjo, @Laurens Lambert, @Rodrigo Romero Rangel, @Sheng Rong Ng, @missael cruz, @Christina Cabana, @Grissel Cervantes, and of course the incredible, twitterless Sean-Luc Shanahan. 7/

And some amazing post docs, many who went on the market at the same time, including @Alex Jaeger, @Peter Westcott, @Carla Concepcion Crisol, @Megan Burger, twitterless WillFreed-Pastor, @William L Hwang – I can’t think of a better group of people to have gone through the job search with.8/

I would also like to thank Ignacio Wistuba, @Jim Allison PhD, and @Stephanie Watowich for being so welcoming at MD Anderson. I very much look forward to digging in and getting to work. 9/

Most importantly, I want to thank my incredibly talented and supportive spouse @Kristen E Pauken. This has been a hell of a year. I am so glad we were able to do this together and look forward to whatever the future may bring. 10/

I will miss my time spent in Boston and Cambridge at @Brigham and Women's Pathology and @Koch Institute at MIT, and am so grateful I have been able to train at such a supportive set of institutions. 11/

Finally, if you are interested in understanding how leukocytes get around, how they are shaped/co-opted by tumors, and how to rationally target pathways that inhibit the anti-tumor immune response, hit me up! I will be posting for positions in the near future. End/

Jason M Schenkel


T cell immunologist. Transfusion med doc. Former@masopust_vezys/@CFI_UMN, @LabJacks/@KochInstitute/@BWHPath, Assist. Prof in TMP, Immuno,Lab Med @MDAndersonNews

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