TEDx Talk tackles the question, can vaccines fight cancer?

May 3, 2024

Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD, says it may sound like science fiction, but immunological therapies could harness the adaptive immune system to fight diseases.

“What if we could use the programmable power of mRNA vaccines to train our immune systems to recognize not just new viruses, but also rapidly regenerating mutations?”

The question was posed to an audience at Spirit of Wonder, a TEDxUniversity of Arizona event, by Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD, a professor of immunobiology at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson who sits on the UArizona Health Sciences Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies Advisory Council.

Bhattacharya explains how the adaptive immune system works and the potential of immunological therapies such as mRNA vaccines to solve our biggest health challenges in his TEDx Talk, “Hacking the Immune System with Precision Medicine.”


Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD
Professor, Department of Immunobiology, College of Medicine – Tucson
Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine – Tucson
Member, BIO5 Institute
Member, UArizona Cancer Center


Brian Brennan
University of Arizona Health Sciences Office of Communications
520-621-3510, brianbrennan@arizona.edu