NextImmune - PhD Training Program

Individual projects - Validation and pre-clinical target evaluation

Joint/sister projects between the experimental group of Prof Markus Ollert and the computational group of Prof Antonio Del Sol
These joint projects cover Area A, B and C, but originate from a clinical observation of reduced activity of allergen-specific immunotherapy under anti-TNF treatment.

  • Research keywords: allergy, Th2 responses, immunotherapy, computational networks
  • Collaborations: Sergei Nedospasov (MDC, Berlin)

Project 15: Murine model of tolerance to adjuvant-driven allergen-specific immunotherapy

  • Supervisor: Prof Markus Ollert, 1 PhD student, LIH, SDU-UL
  • Research keywords: allergy, Th2 responses, immunotherapy, computational network
  • Collaborations : Sergei Nedospasov (MDC, Berlin)

During the last years, we have established a murine model for allergic asthma to a major allergen, which we used to test adjuvant-based specific immunotherapy. We aim to gain in understanding on how the regulatory mechanisms are triggered. The purpose of this project is to identify novel tolerogenic pathways for allergen-specific immunotherapy and its improvement by integrated computational network analyses.

For this project a PhD candidate has been recruited.


Project 16: Integrated cellular network modeling to decipher molecular mechanisms underlying the shifted Th2 responses

  • Supervisor: Prof Antonio del Sol, 1 PhD student, LCSB, UL-SDU
  • Research keywords: allergy, Th2 responses, immunotherapy, computational networks
  • Collaborations: Sergei Nedospasov (MDC, Berlin)

Based on the allergy model described in project 15, transcriptomics and epigenomic data generated from sorted murine cells measured in different conditions will be analyzed for identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms that shift pathogenic Th2 cells in allergic disorders towards regulatory-like responses using different tools established in our group.

For this project a PhD candidate has been recruited.


Project 17: A humanized mouse model of HIV latency as a preclinical tool towards functional HIV cure

  • Supervisor: Dr Carole Devaux, 1 PhD student, LIH, SDU-UL
  • Research keywords: immunology, HIV, cART
  • Collaborations: Dr Joeri Aerts (Free University of Brussels), the HIV-NANOVA project (European HIVera funding scheme)

Research on HIV pathogenesis and development of new therapeutic strategies have long been hampered by the lack of robust and reproducible preclinical models of HIV infection. In this regard, we have gained expertise in the generation and HIV infection of humanized mouse models. In this PhD project, the candidate will perform investigations that will provide important insights for the design of a therapeutic vaccine against HIV.

For this project a PhD candidate has been recruited.


Project 18: Validation of chemokine receptor isoforms as drug targets for cancer therapy using Nanobody technology

  • Supervisor: Dr Andy Chevign√©, 1 PhD student, LIH, UL-SDU
  • Research keywords: chemokine receptor, GPCRs, nanobodies, immunotherapy
  • Collaborations: Confo Therapeutics, Prof. Jan Steyaert (VUB/VIB, Belgium)

The aims of the project are (I) to provide solid evidences for the existence of a functional and physiologically relevant isoform of a chemokine receptor at the protein level, (II) to characterize the exact expression profiles of this isoform at the surface of healthy and cancer tissues, (III) to unravel the specific signalling pathways activated by this isoform and (IV) to develop in vitro and in vivo models allowing to investigate the functions and impact of this receptor isoform on normal tissues and tumorigenesis.

For this project a PhD candidate has been recruited.

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