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Sandip Patel

Title & Affiliation:
Associate Professor, Medical Oncology, UCSD
Leader, Experimental Therapeutics
Director, Clinical Trials Office
University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center

Most-cited Article:
A Phase II Basket Trial of Dual Anti–CTLA-4 and Anti–PD-1 Blockade in Rare Tumors (DART SWOG 1609) in Patients with Nonpancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

Q: What is your primary area of study/research?
A: Cancer immunotherapy, phase I clinical trials, thoracic oncology, rare tumors, spatial immunobiology, immune biomarkers

Q: What influenced your decision to embark on a research career?
A: For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in how the immune system can be harnessed to fight cancer, particularly in rare cancers

Q; What excites you most about your research area?
A: The ability to identify novel biomarkers for immunotherapeutic response, as well as to create a TCGA of rare tumors

Q: What do you do for fun outside of work? What are your passions and hobbies?
A: I like to travel to national parks with my kids and pursue amateur astronomy with my family


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