Dr. Mary Carrington is the director of the Basic Science Program at the Frederick National Laboratory, where she is responsible for the guidance and oversight of a large, diverse group of scientists performing investigator-initiated, hypothesis-driven basic research in cancer and AIDS. She is also a Senior Principal Scientist at the National Cancer Institute and heads the HLA Immunogenetics Laboratory in the Cancer and Inflammation Program. Her primary research interests focus on the role of host genetics in cancer, autoimmunity and infectious disease pathogenesis.
Carrington graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.S. in Education, later obtaining her M.S. and Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Iowa State University. She performed her postdoctoral studies in the departments of Immunology and Microbiology at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, after which she joined the Immunology Department at Duke University as a faculty member. She moved to the National Cancer Institute at Frederick in 1989.