Outstanding Alumnus Award
JAMES P. ALLISON, distinguished professor in the Division of Immunology at the University of California, Berkeley, and member of the National Academy of Sciences, received his doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. Dr. Allison has been a professor at Berkeley since 1985 where he also served as head of the Division of Immunology from 1989-1997. His prior academic positions were at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, the University of Texas System Cancer Center, The University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Allison has been at the forefront of immunological research for a number of years, making significant contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms regulating immunological responses and developing novel strategies for tumor immunotherapy. In 1997 he was named a National Academy of Sciences member, an American Academy of Microbiology fellow, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator for his achievements. In 1998 he was inducted into the International Union Against Cancer Roll of Honor and was a founding member of the Academy of Cancer Immunology. He was the recipient of the Centeon Award for Innovative Breakthroughs in Immunology in 2001.
Dr. Allison received his bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 and occasionally returns to the university to lecture. He has also supervised a number of UT graduates as postdoctoral fellows in his Berkeley laboratory. He is a native of Alice, Texas.
The Graduate School has awarded the James P. Allison Fellowship for 2002-2003 to Shailja Pathania, a doctoral student in Microbiology.