An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Matthew Yap

Role: Research Associate
Matthew Yap graduated from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2019 with a degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics and minored in biomedical research. At UCLA, he spent two and a half years as an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Dr. Scott Kitchen in the Department of Medicine – Hematology and Oncology and the AIDS Institute.
His undergraduate project focused on improving chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy against HIV by exploring the use of a dendritic cell based vaccine. It was in the lab where he developed a keen interest in fundamental immunology and its numerous applications in the context of many diseases such as cancer and AIDS.
At the Leo Wang lab at City of Hope, he hopes to continue honing his existing technical skills and knowledge, and at the same time, expand his scientific repertoire. He is eager to contribute to the understanding of both natural and engineered immunity and their roles in hematopoietic malignancies and solid tumors.