The Sacramento State STEM Scholars Lecture Series welcomes Dr. William
J. Murphy, Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Dermatology and
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) at UC
Davis School of Medicine.
Dr. Murphy will discuss his current research using the immune
system to fight cancer stem cells (CSC). Using the immune system to target CSCs
represents a new treatment therapy and perhaps a long-term cure to successful tumor
eradication. It is believed that these cells are resistant to conventional
cancer therapies (chemotherapy and radiation) and why most patients eventually
relapse after treatment. Applying immunotherapy after traditional cancer
therapies in preclinical models has allowed for successful cancer eradication.
on using the immune system to fight disease as well as understanding the
complexities by which the immune system is regulated, has been published in more
than 200 peer-reviewed publications over the last 30 years.