New Moffitt physician in Immunology and Immunotherapy program

April 17, 2006

Tampa, FL – Dr. Esteban Celis joins the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, as professor in the Immunology and Immunotherapy Program.

Prior to joining Moffitt, Dr. Celis received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the National University of Mexico. He has worked in biotechnology companies and as a professor at the Mayo Clinic. In 2005, he worked at Louisiana State University until Hurricane Katrina forced an unexpected career move.

“It’s amazing, the power of nature,” Celis said, “ and how much devastation can happen from one day to the next.” Celis could not continue his work at LSU because of extensive damages caused by the storm. After talking with his associates, he thought Moffitt would be a good fit.

Celis is recognized for his contributions to the understanding of the basic biology of T cells against cancer. He has written more than 100 research articles and is the associate editor of Cancer Research. Celis is the former associate editor and the current section editor of The Journal of Immunology. He is on the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Cancer Institute; a member of the American Association of Immunologists and the Clinical Immunology Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.