Kristen Mueller

Senior Director, Scientific Program at Melanoma Research Alliance

Kristen Mueller

Kristen Mueller

Senior Director, Scientific Program at Melanoma Research Alliance

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Kristen Mueller, PhD, is the Senior Director, Scientific Program of the Melanoma Research Alliance. An immunologist by training, Kristen joined the Melanoma Research Alliance in 2017 with more than 15 years of experience in biomedical research and scientific publishing. She currently oversees MRA’s research grants program, including the solicitation, peer review, and oversight of approximately $10 to $13 million per year in funded programs. She is also responsible for coordinating MRA’s Annual Scientific Retreat.

Kristen currently co-chairs the Program Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Research Alliance (HRA), a collaborative member organization of nonprofit research funders that is committed to maximizing the impact of biomedical research to improve human health.

Prior to joining the Melanoma Research Alliance, Kristen was a Senior Editor at the journal Science. At Science, her primary responsibilities included orchestrating the peer review process for manuscripts covering subjects such as cancer immunology and immunotherapy, infectious disease and vaccines, and also attracting the best research in these fields to Science.

Kristen received her BA in biology from Carleton College and her PhD in immunology from the University of Minnesota. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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Founder at Apollo Global Management, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Melanoma Research Alliance

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Melanoma Research Alliance

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Melanoma Research Alliance

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Chief Development Officer at Melanoma Research Alliance

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Chief Science Officer at Melanoma Research Alliance

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Chief Science Officer Emerita at Melanoma Research Alliance

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B.A. in Biology

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Ph.D. in Immunology

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minnesota, U of M, or The U) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, with the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses being approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) apart. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,853 students in 2012–2013. The university is broadly organized into 19 colleges and schools, and it has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

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Senior Director, Scientific Program
2017 - Current

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) is the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research. Since its founding in 2007, MRA has committed $100 million in funding to advance our understanding of this disease. MRA funds projects in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, with the majority of funding allocated for melanoma treatment.

Senior Editor
2008 - Prior
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National Human Genome Research Institute engages in genetic and genomic research. It provides guidance to scientific programs and oversees the general operation. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Bethesda, MD.

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