William K. Decker, PhD
William K. Decker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a PhD in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine. After further postdoctoral study at Baylor and a brief stint in industry, he returned to academia as a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a position he held for seven years. His research has focused upon dendritic cell regulation of the Th-1 immune response, and his work has demonstrated that dendritic cells possess the ability to compare MHC class I and class II antigenic sequences via a novel regulatory complex involving tRNA molecules and their associated tRNA synthetases. He has also focused upon the soluble signaling mediators used by these so-called ‘‘Th-1’’ dendritic cells to mediate cellular immune responses. He is currently engaged in translating these basic discoveries into viable therapeutic regimens for the treatment of neoplastic disease.
Dr. Decker’s research in TMC | News Jan/Feb 2015 article “Pioneers of Medicine” by Alex Orlando