Featuring Melody Swartz

Cancer arises from irregular cell growth, but tumors can also grow and metastasize through compromised immune systems. Cancer immunotherapy aims to train the immune system to destroy tumor cells and help it “remember” to attack those cells to prevent relapse. Melody Swartz of the Institute for Molecular Engineering will discuss this innovative and promising approach to tumor treatment, which requires ongoing research into changes in immune regulation in different types of cancer.

Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.

Event Details

6:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies

Parking Information

Overnight valet parking is available for $50. Function parking is $40 before 5 p.m. or $34 after 5 p.m. Nearby outlet parking is $20 after 5 p.m. with validation.

Featured Faculty


Melody A. Swartz is the William B. Ogden Professor of Molecular Engineering. She studies the lymphatic system and aims to understand, modulate, and exploit the complex roles of lymphatic vessels in immunity and pathophysiology, especially in cancer. Her lab aims to develop novel immunotherapeutic approaches to cancer, including vaccines that target lymph nodes. Swartz is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, a Career Award from the National Science Foundation, an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, and the Wenner Prize—Switzerland’s largest prize for cancer research.