William J. Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Chair
Department of Dermatology
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Research Interests: Cancer Immunotherapy
and graft vs host disease.
UC Davis Department of Dermatology
2921 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95716
Dr. Murphy spent his postdoctoral years and early career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Frederick, Maryland. After 12 years, and becoming Director of Basic Research at NCI-Frederick in Maryland, he joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Dr. Murphy later became the Chair of Microbiology and Immunology at UNR, School of Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Murphy moved his laboratory to UC Davis, accepting a position as Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Dermatology and Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology.
The immune system can both fight cancer and promote it during chronic inflammatory conditions. Understanding the complex immunology of cancer will lead to better means of preventing and treating it.
Dr. Murphy’s laboratory studies various aspects within cancer immunology and immunotherapy for melanoma. Current projects within the lab are exploring how to increase the success of these engraftments as well as to make them safer for patients by decreasing the period in which the patient is immune-compromised. Another focus within Dr. Murphy’s laboratory is studying how the immune system becomes activated after the systemic administration of immunotherapies. His laboratory has several NIH R01 grants and is also funded by CIRM, looking at stem cell engraftment.
Dr. Murphy has over 200 publications in cancer immunology over his 25 year career and is active on multiple NIH Study Sections.
Undergraduate Education: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, B.S. 1984
Graduate Education: University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas, Ph.D. 1989