Ajay Maker, M.D. Surgical Oncology Laboratory
The Maker laboratory focuses on studying tumor biology in order to better understand markers of malignant transformation and to create novel approaches to target cancer cell death. His team is researching the role of the immune system in cancer, specifically in gastrointestinal cancers that have metastasized and spread to the liver. The team is working towards identifying immunotherapeutic agents for these conditions and initiating clinical trials to investigate them. Dr. Maker’s research has been supported by foundations and pharmaceutical companies; and he currently is the principal investigator on a multi-year federal research grant from the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health to study the immunobiology of GI cancers.