Dr. Annette Khaled

Director & Scientific Co-Chair — Orlando

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Dr. Khaled has been a research scientist for over 20 years and is a tenured Professor in the College of Medicine (COM) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  She heads the Division of Cancer Research in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (BSBS) and, in this role, is contributing to the formation of the new UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, and completed her post-doctoral training at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Frederick, MD.  Dr. Khaled’s laboratory at the UCF Lake Nona Medical Campus consists of scientists and graduate students and has been funded over the years by NIH, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF), and most recently by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  Her research spans the development of cancer therapeutics and diagnostics that target the lethal, metastatic forms of cancer using innovative technologies in nanoscience and immunology. To date, Dr. Khaled has produced over 100 published works and has presented her research at numerous national and international venues. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Khaled teaches immunology to graduate students.  Past leadership activities include being a senator for the UCF Faculty Senate and president of the COM Faculty Council.  Dr. Khaled is involved in service outside of UCF as a grant reviewer for NIH, manuscript reviewer for numerous publications, and is on the editorial board for Cytokine. As a board member of the FBCF, she helps advance the mission of the foundation and co-chairs the Scientific Committee.  Dr. Khaled is a fellow of the 2018-2019 class of Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program and has received numerous awards such as the UCF Research for the Stars award, UCF Luminary award, and was an NCI CURE Lifetime Achievement honoree.

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