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William H. Chambers, PhD

National Vice President, Extramural Grants

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William H. [Bill] Chambers, PhD, National Vice President, Extramural Research for the American Cancer Society, joined the Society as a scientific program director in 2008 and assumed the role of Interim NVP, Extramural Research in 2013. Previously, he managed the development of the Society’s cancer research and training programs, especially in the areas of nutrition, the environment, clinical cancer research, epidemiology, leukemia, blood cell development and immunology. Dr. Chambers currently directs the Research and Clinical Research Professor Program. 

Dr. Chambers received a PhD in immunology from Auburn University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, specializing in tumor immunology. He served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine for more than 20 years. He has been involved in basic research in non-adaptive and adaptive immunity; and in translational research investigating the use of adoptive cellular immunotherapy and of cytokine gene therapy for the treatment of tumors. Dr. Chambers has published widely on these topics.

Dr. Chambers has been the recipient of numerous peer-reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Fogarty International Center, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and a 21st Century Scientist Research Award by the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 2001 for research in immunotherapy of primary brain tumors. In addition to his research efforts, he served as the Associate Director for Basic Research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, which is an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.