Speaker's Biography:

Suzanne Topalian
Professor of Surgery and Oncology, Johns Hopkins University; Director, Melanoma Program, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Suzanne Topalian is a professor of surgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Melanoma Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Topalian also served as the chief science officer of the Melanoma Research Alliance from 2009 to 2013. A physician-scientist whose research focuses on cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Topalian has published more than 100 original research articles and reviews on cancer immunology. She is internationally recognized for this work, which has provided a foundation for the clinical development of immunotherapies for melanoma and other cancers and opened new avenues of scientific interest and clinical investigation. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed a general surgery residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and research fellowships at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health.

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