Dr. Hilario Mata
Dr. Hilario Mata has led his twenty-five-year professional career on two paths: scientific research and international business development. Dr. Mata applies his knowledge and experience in both arenas to his current role as Director of Global Academic Programs at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In his role, Dr. Mata develops and oversees a global network of excellent basic, translational, clinical and population-based research, prevention and education collaborations to advance M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s strategic vision for worldwide cancer center alliances with geographic regional balance.
Dr. Mata’s previous experience in the business arena included strategic marketing and business development in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, on both national and international levels. The global scope of numerous projects he led in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries provided him with a vast array of experience in these industries and keen insight into their dynamic interplay in the global economy.
As a researcher, Dr. Mata’s principle research interest was initially cellular immunology specifically in areas related to the immunobiology and immunochemistry of lymphokines aimed at the development of new-therapies for cancer. Later, Dr. Mata expanded the scope of his research efforts to include the mechanisms of autoimmune disease e.g., molecular mimicry and dysfunctional antigen presentation, as well as other novel immunological phenomena, such as antibody catalysis and the penetration of cells by antibodies. More recently, his research activity has been in the field of molecular epidemiology and the contribution of potential genetic and environmental factors associated with high and low risk for cancer to determine distribution patterns within families and across populations to recognize host susceptibility that predispose to cancer.
Dr. Mata is well published on a variety of topics related to his areas of interest in peer-reviewed medical literature. He has also presented the results of his work at multiple international scientific forums. He is member of several scientific societies and has served as an editorial board member on several foreign publications.