Lawrence M. Pfeffer, Ph.D.

Lawrence M. Pfeffer, Ph.D.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer is the Muirhead Professor of Pathology and Director of the Center for Cancer Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Sloan-Kettering Division of Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1977 and did his postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University in New York City, where he rose through the ranks to an Associate Professor. Dr. Pfeffer has received a Junior Faculty Award from the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia Society of America Scholar Award. Dr. Pfeffer also has served as President of the UTHSC faculty senate, and on the statewide UT Board of Trustees.

Dr. Pfeffer has maintained an active research program throughout his career. An important research focus is the cell and molecular biology of the anticancer action of the cytokine interferon. He has authored ~120 research papers, ~25 review articles and book chapters, and has presented more than 50 invited talks, including memorial lectureships and presentations at international symposia. Dr. Pfeffer is active in various professional societies and his work has been funded without interruption since he started his independent laboratory at the Rockefeller University in 1984 and joined the faculty of UTHSC in 1991. His laboratory is presently funded by research grants from the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense. His research is highly translational, moving from the lab bench to the patient bedside in studies on prostate cancer, glioma and melanoma. He has served on numerous grant review panels including membership on the Infection and Innate Immunity study section of the NIH and on Special Emphasis Panels for the NCI that evaluates Program Project Grants.