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Ezra Cohen

Co-Director of the Center for Engineering in Cancer, Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego

Ezra Cohen, MD, is Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Co-Director of the San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy, Co-Director of the Center for Precision Immunotherapy, and Co-Director for the IEM Center for Engineering in Cancer at UC San Diego Health. A physician-scientist, Dr. Cohen led an independently funded laboratory interested in mechanisms of action of novel therapeutics. He has made major contributions to targeted and immunotherapy. His research has received peer-reviewed funding in the study of epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors, cell therapy, and immunotherapy in head and neck cancer. He has made major contributions to the understanding of critical signaling pathways, integration of novel agents into standard of care, and definition of mechanisms to overcome resistance to drug therapy. He has also recently co-developed a personalized neoantigen vaccine using unique cancer mutations to boost an anti-tumor immune response.

Dr. Cohen holds additional roles as Associate Director for Clinical Science and Co-Director of the Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center at Moores Cancer Center. He serves as a member of the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC), the Cancer Council, and the Cancer Center’s Executive Committee.