Meet-the-Expert Lunch

Meet-the-Expert Lunch

*This program is organized by members of SITC's Early Career Scientist Committee.

The Meet-the-Expert Lunch will focus on unique issues related to early career scientist career development and will give the opportunity to attendees to interact with experts in key fields of immunotherapy. Information will be provided on different relevant topics in a setting that fosters attendee/expert interactions and provides networking opportunities with leaders in the field. Experts will answer questions and lead informal dialogue during a one-hour roundtable lunch to help provide guidance and direction.

Meet-the-Expert Lunch Organizers

  • Chair Jessica Thaxton, PhD, MSCR – Medical University of South Carolina
  • Sarah Church, PhD – Nanostring Technologies
  • Zachary Cooper, PhD – AstraZeneca
  • Brendan Horton, PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Abdul Rafeh Naqash, MD – National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health 


  • Basic-Translational Research in Immunology
    • Sylvia Formenti, MD – Weill Cornell Medicine
    • Marcela Maus, MD, PhD – Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Immunotherapy Based Clinical Trials and Research
    • Doug Johnson, MD, MSCI – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Career Building/What’s Next for Medical Students/Medical Residents
  • Clinical-Translational Research in Immunology with Focus on Fellows and Early Career Clinicians
    • Elizabeth Mittendorf, MD, PhD – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Partnering and Collaborating with Industry
  • Gaining a Network and Leveraging Support
    • Rieneke Van de Ven, PhD – VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
  • Career Path: The Big Pharma Industry Perspective
    • Mark Cobbold, PhD – University of Virginia
  • Career Path: The Small Biotech Industry Perspective
    • Howard Kaufman, MD, FACS – Immuneering Corporation 
  • Spinning Your Lab into a Small Business or Starting Your Own Startup Company
    • Lynda Chin, MD – Apricity Health LLC

Intended Audience

The audience for this educational program includes graduate, medical, and post-baccalaureate students; clinical fellows; post-doctoral fellows; tenure-track investigators, government employees, and scientists in general; and industry/pharma scientists and employees. Space for this event is limited and priority will be given to early career scientists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Address most of their open questions and concerns on the selected topic
  • Make informed decisions about their career development and research projects
  • Establish connections with experts in their field of interest

Continuing Education

This program is not eligible for continuing education credit.