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Sri Krishna Ph.D.

Dr. Krishna grew up in Madurai, India where he obtained his bachelor’s in biotechnology. He later moved to the USA and obtained his PhD in Biological Design with a focus on immunology from Arizona State University in 2017. In his graduate thesis research, Dr. Krishna focused on studying what the recognition rules of self vs. non-self discrimination that underlies T cell immune recognition and identifying T cell antigen targets against human papillomavirus 16 (HPV16) associated cancers from patients.

Dr. Krishna’s current research interests lie at the intersection of human immunology, tumor immunology and immunogenomics. In 2017, Dr. Krishna joined the Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute as a post-doctoral fellow under Dr. Paul Robbins and Dr. Steven Rosenberg. An overarching theme of Dr. Krishna’s current research is in reverse engineering translational immunology to derive the design principles of basic human immunology in order to develop and design better cellular immunotherapies against cancer and other diseases.

Dr. Krishna is also deeply passionate about science outreach, having written science articles in the media for the public. In his free time, he likes to read and hike.


  • 2020–present
    Research fellow, National Cancer Institute
  • 2018–2020
    Visiting Fellow, National Cancer Institute
  • 2011–2017
    Ph.D. Candidate, Arizona State University


  • 2017 
    Arizona State University, PhD. in Biological Design
  • 2010 
    Pennsylvania State University, Masters in Biotechnology