Margaret L. Kripke, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Best known for her work in immunology of skin cancer, Dr. Kripke showed that chronic exposure to UV radiation produces cancers that are highly antigenic and that immune alterations induced by UV are responsible for tumor survival and spread. She discovered that mice exposed to UV radiation develop a selective, systemic immune suppression, and her work led to a new field of photoimmunology. Dr. Kripke’s research has provided insight into how an immune system compromised by UV radiation contributes to the development of melanoma and increased vulnerability to infectious diseases.
Dr. Kripke established a new basic research department at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) and later served as vice president for academic programs and executive vice president and chief academic officer. She has been a leader in many organizations dedicated to research and collaboration and has contributed substantially to the field of environmental science.
2009 Finsen Medal for Photomedicine, International Union of Photobiology2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, The American Skin Society2004 Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society for Photobiology2003-2011 Member, President’s Cancer Panel2001-2007 Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, UTMDACC1999-2001 Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, UTMDACC1997 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science1997 President, American Society for Photobiology1995-1996 Chair, EPA Research Strategies Advisory Committee1995 Herman Pinkus Memorial Award, American Society of Dermatopathology1993-1994 President, AACR1986-1989 Board of Directors, American Association for Cancer Research1983-1998 Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology, UTMDACC1979-1983 Director, Cancer Biology Program, NCI-Frederick Cancer Research Center1970 PhD, University of California, Berkeley