University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

W. Martin Kast, Ph.D.

Photograph of W. Martin Kast

W. Martin Kast, PhD is a Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. He currently holds the Walter A. Richter Cancer Research Chair. A native of the Netherlands, he earned his BS, MS, and PhD cum laude, from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He has and is serving on multiple Study Sections and other advisory boards at NIH. 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 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 220 articles and is the inventor on 14 patents. His research is supported by 2 NIH grants, one of which is a GO grant. He is a recipient of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek award, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences award and the IRPC Eminent Scientist of the year Award for the USA for the year 2009. He is an associate editor for Cancer Research, the Journal of Translational Medicine, International Reviews of Immunology and HPV Today. He currently serves on the advisory board of 9 biotechnology companies.