Susan Kaech PhD

Associate Professor of Immunobiology; HHMI Early Career Scientist

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology | Microbiology

Office of Student ResearchInfectious DiseasesMolecular VirologyImmunobiology: Lymphocyte Development; HTIMolecular Virology


EducationStanford University Ph.D.,   Developmental Biology  1993-1998 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology 1989-1993 

Professional Experience 

1990-1991        Undergraduate Researcher, Div. of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 
1991-1993 Undergraduate Researcher, Dept. of Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle 
1993-1998 Graduate Student, Dept. of Developmental Biology, Stanford University 1999-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology and Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University 
2004-2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Immunobiology, Yale University 2009-present Associate Professor, Department of Immunobiology, Yale University
2009-present HHMI Early Career Scientist  

Honors and Awards 
American Women in Science 1991 
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Internship 1992 
National Science Foundation Undergraduate Scientist 1992-1993 
National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship 1993-1996 
Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fellowship 1999-2002 Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation Award in Biomedical Sciences 2003-2008 
Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Award 2005-2008 
Cancer Research Investigator Award 2005-2009 
Sandler Program for Asthma Research 2007-2010 
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2007  
Howard Hughes Early Career Scientist 2009-2015


  • B.S., University of Washington, Seattle, WA , 1993
  • Ph.D., Stanford University , 1998

Selected Publication

  • Staron M, Gray S, Li MO, Ip WK, Kaech SM. FoxO1 directly regulates the expression of PD-1 and sustains viral specific CD8+ T-cell responses during chronic infection. Immunity 41(5) 802-14 (2014). PMCID in Progress

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • HHMI Early Career Scientist(2009) , HHMI