Karolina Palucka, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor and Associate Director of Cancer Immunology at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX) in Farmington, CT and also serves as a Professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She joined JAX in 2014; having previously been at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research, where she was the Michael A.E. Ramsay Chair for Cancer Immunology Research and director of the Ralph M. Steinman Center for Cancer Vaccines. Dr. Palucka also served as a professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine within the Department of Gene & Cell Medicine. She received her M.D. from the Warsaw Medical Academy, Poland and her Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Dr. Palucka specializes in human immunology, with a focus on experimental immunotherapy, and has pioneered the development of dendritic cell-based vaccines for patients with cancer or HIV. Her research is aimed at understanding, controlling, and manipulating the body’s own immune response as the basis for developing new vaccines and immunotherapies against infectious diseases and human cancers.