The CDI is comprised of more than two dozen accomplished faculty members who have been recruited from leading academic centers including Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of Iowa, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Temple University, Boston University, Rutgers University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health. Areas of expertise include T cell biology, immunotherapy, genomics, epigenetics, drug resistance, stem cell biology, drug discovery, diagnostics, vaccines and pharmacology. These areas confront critical unmet needs in targeting a variety of cancers including multiple myeloma and lymphoma, breast cancer, colorectal and colon cancers, brain tumors and other deadly cancers, as well as addressing crucial medical problems including graft versus host disease, inflammatory diseases, diabetes, sepsis, and COVID-19, bacterial, fungal and other viral infections. In total, the CDI faculty have published more than 2,500 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals such as Science and Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, mBio and Lancet. They have attracted 85 grants and contracts from the government, foundations, Pharma and biotech including 58 total NIH awards and two NIH-designated national Centers of Excellence.

Lab Heads

Research Faculty

Affiliated and Emeritus Faculty

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral researchers comprise a vital aspect of the CDI research enterprise. The highly collaborative culture of discovery provides an outstanding training experience in which intellectual curiosity and interdisciplinary teamwork is encouraged and nurtured.

Postdocs have access to a variety of training resources to acquire new skills that facilitate career development.  Mentoring is provided for development of grants and contracts, manuscript preparation, poster and research presentations, and research ethics, and science management.  Furthermore, postdocs are exposed to a range of external basic and translational academic scientists, as well as industry leaders. The collective experience will help position them for a successful job search and career path.