Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award 2006
Kesannair Praveen, a recent doctoral graduate in infectious diseases, explores different ways of killing tumor cells and virus-infected cells. While at UGA, he discovered and described unique genes from T cells and natural killer cells, which are integral to the body’s defensive process. Once these genes were isolated, Praveen was able to clone them and study how the two types of cells are different, which is illuminating the ways that different aspects of the immune system combat cancer. He is now a member of a leading cancer immunology research team at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.