Kenneth W Hunter

Kenneth Hunter, Jr. Sc.D.

Immunoregulation in cancer, infectious and autoimmune diseases; fluorescence-based biosensors


Courses Taught

Dr. Hunter teaches microbiology, immunology, and pathology to first and second year medical students. For many years he taught immunology and parasitology to undergraduate and graduate students.

Research Interests

The Hunter laboratory is engaged in several areas of immunological/microbiological research and biomedical engineering.  We are investigating oncolytic viruses and the effect of hematopoietic cells and soluble mediators in the tumor microenvironment on tumor growth and metastasis. We are characterizing the immune response to fungal β-glucan, including its potential use as a vaccine adjuvant. On the biomedical engineering front, we and our collaborators have developed a novel fluorescence-based biosensor for sensing nucleic acids, and we are developing a new family of novel fluorescent molecules for analytical applications.

Current Lab Members

  • Sally DuPre Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
  • Ruth Gault Ph.D., Lecturer II
  • Liming Huang Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
  • Gyan Aryal Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar


  • 1978: Sc.D., Immunology/Pathology, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 1973: M.S., Zoology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • 1972: B.A., Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ