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Roberta Zappasodi

Assistant Professor


Dr. Zappasodi received her Ph.D. in Tumor Immunology & Immunotherapy through the Life and Biomolecular Sciences Program of the Open University (UK) at the National Cancer Institute of Milan (Italy), after earning a Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology with highest distinction from the University of Bologna (Italy). She then pursued her postdoctoral studies in Drs. Jedd Wolchok and Taha Merghoub’s group at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC, New York, NY) to deepen her expertise in mouse modeling for determining relevant tumor-immune interactions in the response to immunotherapy to then study in patients. Dr. Zappasodi was the recipient of a Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Scholar Award and Bridge Fellow Award during her postdoc and in the transition toward establishing her lab at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM, New York, NY). Dr. Zappasodi was appointed Assistant Professor of Hematology in Medicine at WCM in 2020 and in the WCGS Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis Program in 2021. 


  • Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grant (2023) 
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program Award (2021) 
  • AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award (2020) 
  • Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Bridge Scholar Award (2019) 
  • Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2017) 
  • Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Scholar Award (2016) 
  • SITC Presidential Award (2016) 

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