Dr. Robert Pierce
Chief Medical Officer
A graduate of Yale College and the Brown University School of Medicine, Dr. Pierce is well regarded for his career-long research into mechanisms of immune tolerance as well as recent drug development experience, most notably being a key member of the global development team behind Merck's FDA-designated "breakthrough" anti-PD-1 program (MK-3475). Dr. Robert H. Pierce joins OncoSec Medical from Merck Research Labs - Palo Alto (formerly DNAX Research Institute/Schering-Plough Biopharma) where he spent almost seven years leading a 20-person team, dedicated to developing disease-oriented and tissue-based translational medicine platforms. As Executive Director, Dr. Pierce was responsible for contributions to multiple successful IND applications, including critical biomarker development programs such as the anti-PD-L1 immunohistochemistry assay supporting Merck's MK-3475 trials. In addition, Dr. Pierce was instrumental in designing two phase 2 anti-PD-1 (MK-3475) oncology studies. Prior to focusing on immunomodulatory receptor (IMR) programs, Dr. Pierce had served as a discovery project team leader for two novel drug candidates.
From 2001 to 2007, before leaving academics to join industry, Dr. Pierce held several leadership positions at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, including Director of the Autopsy Service at Strong Memorial Hospital. From practicing as a staff pathologist to developing the graduate curriculum in pathomechamism of disease, to acting as the principal investigator of a RO1-funded research lab, Dr. Pierce played an important role in the University's clinical and academic research programs. He continues to act as an adjunct professor at the University to this day.
Dr. Pierce received his post-doctoral training at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, his graduate education and training at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, RI, and received his undergraduate education at Yale University in New Haven, CT. As a Fulbright Award recipient, Dr. Pierce studied Philosophy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany.