Joseph Cantor, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Cantor received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at Cedarville University in Ohio.  He earned his Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Colorado studying how CD4+ T cells migrate and contribute to autoimmune diabetes.  As a post-doctoral fellow at UCSD, Dr. Cantor began researching integrin-associated proteins in B and T cells, leading him to describe the role of CD98 in adaptive immunity.  In 2011, Dr. Cantor was appointed as an Assistant Professor at UCSD.  His laboratory investigates how the combination of adhesive signaling and nutrient transport drive clonal expansion and adaptive immune responses. In addition to leading his own research group, he is an immunology lecturer for the medical school and for rheumatology fellows.  Dr. Cantor is a reviewer for Diabetes and the Journal of Immunology.  He is member of the American Association of Immunologists, the Immunology of Diabetes Society, and the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies.  Dr. Cantor is the author of numerous papers on lymphocyte expansion and migration in autoimmune and inflammatory disease.


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