Nikhil Khatwani is a Senior Associate at Orange Grove Bio. He is an Immunology PhD candidate at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He currently focuses on tumor immunology, in particular melanoma, to investigate CD8+ resident memory T (TRM) response, it’s generation and maintenance for long term tumor protection. He is interested in discovering novel mechanisms underlying durable tumor protective responses and how such findings could be leveraged for improved cancer treatments. He has extensive experience in mRNA and small molecule drug development, pre-clinical immune profiling/characterization of drug product and assay development for platforms spanning multiple disease modalities. He is bringing to OGB his collaborative mindset, problem solving skills and multitasking abilities with an aim to deliver high quality results.