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Dr. Robyn Gartrell, MD, MS

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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I am a Pediatric Oncologist and early investigator inspired to use advances in the science of tumor immunology to develop more effective and more personalized therapies for children with cancer, especially brain tumors. I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology focusing my career on 75% translational research and 25% clinical medicine. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunooncology and precision medicine (2016-2019) and I completed a Master of Science degree in Patient Oriented Research (MS/POR) in May 2020. In January 2019, I received a KL2 Career Development award focusing my research on tumor immune microenvironment (TIME) in adult brain tumors. Throughout my postdoctoral training and KL2, I sought to enrich my knowledge of immunology in cancer using several state of the art modalities. In January 2020, I joined SITC's Early Career Scientist Committee. As I establish my laboratory in pediatric immunooncology and precision medicine, I will focus on evaluating the TIME in childhood brain tumors using multiplex platforms, single cell analysis and immunogenomics to help determine which combination therapies will improve survival in these devastating cases.