Dr. Margaret Kripke is a professor emerita and founding chair of the Department of Immunology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she also served as executive vice-president and chief academic officer. Dr. Kripke, who earned a PhD in immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, is a leading expert in the immunology of skin cancers. Her honors include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Society for Photobiology and the American Dermatology Association and membership in the Academies of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association for Cancer Research.
After her retirement in 2007, MD Anderson established the Margaret Kripke Legend Award, in honor of her work, to be awarded annually to individuals whose support and dedication have enhanced the careers of women in cancer medicine and cancer science. In 2012 she was selected as chief scientific officer for The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, where she oversaw the awarding of more than $500 million in research grants before retiring in 2015. Dr. Kripke served multiple terms on the three-person President’s Cancer Panel which oversees the development and implementation of the National Cancer Program.