Speaker Profile

M.D., Surgical Oncologist, MD Anderson

Dr. Wargo’s career commitment is to advance the understanding and treatment of disease through science. After completing her medical degree, she entered surgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School where she became interested in the biology and treatment of cancer. During her training, she completed 2 fellowships in surgical oncology with a focus on immunotherapy for cancer. Dr. Wargo was recruited to the Division of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital in July 2008 and had an active research laboratory focusing on melanoma tumorigenesis and immunotherapy for cancer. One exciting finding involved data describing the effect of BRAF-targeted therapy on tumor antigen expression in melanoma as a basis for combining targeted therapy and immunotherapy in the treatment of this disease. Dr. Wargo validated those findings in patients treated with BRAF inhibitors. She has continued critical studies to better understand the effects of BRAF inhibition on immune responses in melanoma, and established a unique set of serial tumor biopsies and blood samples from patients enrolled on clinical trials on BRAF inhibitors. Through analysis of these samples, she contributed significantly to the world literature regarding resistance mechanisms and the effect of targeted therapy on anti-tumor immunity.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

Understanding mechanism of action and translating microbiome science into commercially viable therapeutics remains the biggest challenge in this emerging field. With that said, pharma and biotech across many different therapeutic indications and modalities are united in this global effort to bring novel microbiome-based therapies and diagnostics into the clinical domain. This session will include some of the most impactful and promising areas of the Microbiome field and panel discussions on the challenges for faster adoption.


Microbiome and Cancer
Jennifer Wargo, MD Anderon
Sandrine Miller-Montgomery, UCSD

The Gut/Brain Microbiome
Mary Conrad, Axial Biotherapeutics
Chris Reyes, Bloom Science
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Arizona State University

The Role of the Human Gut Microbiome on Various Diseases
Colleen Cutcliffe, Pendulum Therapeutics
Tor Savidge, Baylor College of Medicine
Nikole Kimes, Siolta Therapeutics

Pharma Drug Development
Karim Dabbagh, Second Genome
Ethan Grant, Gilead

Direct-To-Consumer Testing/Technologies
Kiran Krishnan, Microbiome Labs
Nathan Price, Onegevity

Regulatory Perspective
Scott Jackson, NIST

Investment Perspective