Prof Melody Swartz

BRCCH Strategic Scientific Advisory Board
University of Chicago

Melody Swartz is the William B. Ogden Professor in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, USA where she holds a joint appointment in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research. Trained as a bioengineer, Prof Swartz uses quantitative approaches in immunobiology and physiology, including biotransport and biomechanics, to develop a deeper understanding of how the lymphatic system regulates immunity in homeostasis and disease, particularly in cancer and chronic inflammation. Her lab applies this knowledge to develop novel immunotherapeutic approaches in cancer. She obtained her PhD from MIT, USA in chemical engineering and did postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, USA. She then held academic appointments at Northwestern University, USA and then at EPFL, where she also served as director of the Institute of Bioengineering. Among her many honors, Prof Swartz was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2020 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018, and named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012.

Profile Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


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