William K. Decker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine
(Houston, Texas)

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. http://www.bbmt.org/article/S1083-8791%2805%2900630-0/abstract

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