Jennifer Wargo

Dr. Jennifer Wargo is a professor, Department of Genomic Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, and professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. With a joint appointment in Surgical Oncology and Genomic Medicine, Professor Wargo leads critical research to better understand responses to therapy and to develop novel strategies to combat resistance. This includes her groundbreaking recent work elucidating the role of the gut microbiome in shaping responses to immunotherapy in patients with melanoma—with a manuscript describing this work published in Science and a clinical trial underway exploring optimal methods to manipulate the gut microbiome to enhance responses to cancer therapy. She is recognized internationally as a leader in cancer research and is leading innovative efforts globally.