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W. Martin Kast, PhD
Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology
Walter A. Richter Cancer Research Chair
Director Medical Biology Graduate Program
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
NRT 7507 1450 Biggy Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 3870


W. Martin Kast, PhD is a Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC) of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. He holds the Walter A. Richter Cancer Research Chair and is the co-director of the NCCC Tumor Micro-environment program, the Director of the USC Medical Biology Graduate Program, a member of the USC Graduate School Admissions Committee and the Director of the Beckman Center for Immune Monitoring. A native of the Netherlands, he earned his BS, MS, and PhD summa cum laude, from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He has and is serving on multiple Study Sections including NIH and CPRIT. His research involves the design of therapeutic cancer vaccines directed against human papilloma virus (HPV) and prostate cancer. Several of his therapeutic HPV vaccines have or are currently been tried out in clinical trials. He studies how HPV enters cells and also studies the interaction of HPV with the human immune system to find out how HPV escapes immune detection and how to reverse that. He has published over 260 articles that have been quoted more than 19,000 times and lead to a publication h-index of 73. He is also the inventor on 18 patents. His research is supported by NIH and DOD grants. He is a recipient of the 1991 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek award, the 1991 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences award, the 2010 IRPC Eminent Scientist of the year Award for the USA, the 2012 Landsteiner Prize, the 2014 Mellon Award for graduate student mentoring, the 2015 STOP Cancer Award and the 2015 BeHEARD Award. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Translational Medicine, International Reviews of Immunology, HPV Today and Papillomavirus research. He also serves as the secretary/treasurer of the International Papillomavirus Society and on the advisory board of 6 biotechnology companies. In his free time he is a Scoutmaster and an actor.


Netherlands Cancer Institute: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Prize, 1991

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Career Award, 1991-1995

IRPC: Eminent Scientist of the Year, 2010

World Scientist Forum: North American Immunologist of the Year, 2010

University of Amsterdam: Landsteiner Prize, 2012

University of Southern California: Mellon Award for Graduate Student Mentoring, 2014

STOP Cancer: STOP Cancer Award, 2015

Rare Genomics Institute: BeHeard Ultimate Prize, 2015


Bogaert L, Martens A, Kast WM, Van Marck E, De Cock H. Bovine papillomavirus DNA can be detected in keratinocytes of equine sarcoid tumors. Vet Microbiol. 2010 Dec 15; 146(3-4):269-75. View in: PubMed

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