Research & Publications
After earning his degree in Molecular Biotechnology from Arizona State University, Aaron Vassall joined the NIH Intramural Training Award (IRTA) Program where he began his research training in cancer immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Ira Pastan in the Molecular Biology and Clinical Immunotherapy Sections at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Following his three-year tenure at the NCI, he pursued his medical education, obtaining his MD from the Yale School of Medicine in 2016. During this period, he completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Edelson, earning the Yale David and Harriet Seligson Thesis Prize for his initial work on Physiological Dendritic Cell (phDC) immunotherapy.
Subsequently, he received his clinical training in Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine before returning to Dr. Edelson's lab as a member of the Yale research faculty since 2019.
His research accomplishments have centered around solving the process for reliably producing functional phDC in the laboratory and the development of key pre-clinical models that established the mechanistic underpinnings of how monocyte-platelet engagement leads to phDC generation, and downstream anti-cancer immune responses. This has included the development of a scalable mouse-to-human device that remains the cornerstone methodology for generating phDC to date.
His research continues as a key member of the pioneering "CUREIT" team that secured the inaugural ARPA-H grant as part of the United States' Cancer Moonshot initiative. His current efforts are dedicated to advancing the continued development and translation of phDC as an important adjunct to modern immunotherapy.
Education & Training
- Internal Medicine ResidencyYale-New Haven Hospital (2019)
- MDYale School of Medicine (2016)
- Medical Research FellowHoward Hughes Medical Institute (2015)
- IRTA Research FellowNational Institutes of Health (2011)
- BSArizona State University, Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology (2008)
Honors & Recognition
|David Harriet Seligson Thesis Prize||Yale School of Medicine||2016|
|American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Award||Yale School of Medicine||2016|
|Yale Farr Scholar Award||Yale School of Medicine||2015|
|Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship Award||Howard Hughes Medical Institute||2014|
|The Moeur Award (Highest Academic Standing)||Arizona State University||2008|