Throughout my research career I have been interested in how a better understanding of fundamental immunology can be applied to novel solutions for improving human health. I undertook a PhD in immunological memory, and with progression of my career moved closer to translational research to deliver research findings to the clinic. During my post-doctoral positions I worked on vaccine development projects for HIV and TB to understand how different vaccination strategies impact innate and adaptive immunity. More recently I have focused on biomarkers that are predictive of spontaneous clearance and response to therapy for Hepatitis C patients. This approach is helping us to understand what is required for a protective immune response to HCV while at the same time giving us unique tools to help manage therapeutic decisions. My current focus as scientific manager of the LabEx Milieu Interieur project at Institut Pasteur, Paris is to understand the genetic and environmental determinants of a healthy immune response, and also apply these findings to disease settings to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.
10th HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course: December 2-15, 2018
‘Quantitative Immunology’ will be the theme of the 10th anniversary of the HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course. We will explore the ongoing transition from reductionist studies, based on the application of genetic approaches in animal models, […]
Ageing & Longevity
According to the WHO, the global percentage of people aged of more than 60 years will double from 11 to 22% between 2000 and 2050. Nowadays most of the elderly die of non-transmissible diseases […]
The Healthy Human Global Project
Susceptibility to infections, disease progression and severity, and response to medical therapies and vaccines are highly variable from one individual to another. The complexity of individual immune responses is such that it has not […]
CoSImmGEn-F : constitution d’une cohorte de sujets atteints de polypose adénomateuse familiale et porteurs d’une mutation du gène APC afin d’étudier le rôle de la génétique du système immunitaire et de l’environnement dans la maladie
Rationnel La polypose adénomateuse familiale se manifeste par l’apparition dans l’intestin de nombreuses excroissances dénommées polypes adénomateux et susceptibles d‘évoluer en cancers en l’absence de prise en charge. Il s’agit d’une maladie génétique, le […]
Biomarker discovery and viral disease pathogenesis
Biomarker discovery We are interested in the discovery of biomarkers that can be used to guide the clinical management of patients, and can also inform us about basic disease pathogenesis. The lab’s interest in […]
Milieu Intérieur: Deconvolution of the healthy immune response
Systems approaches for the study of immune signaling pathways have been traditionally based on selected purified cell types or cultured cell lines. However, in vivo responses involve the coordinated action of multiple cell types, […]
Functional immune response to Mycobacteria tuberculosis derived antigen
The objective of our project is to establish feasibility for a new generation of in vitro diagnostic (IVDs) tools, applied to proof-of-concept studies in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infected persons and patients with TB disease. […]
2019Risk factors associated with myasthenia gravis in thymoma patients: The potential role of thymic germinal centers, J. Autoimmun. 2019 Oct;:102337.
2019A comprehensive assessment of demographic, environmental, and host genetic associations with gut microbiome diversity in healthy individuals, Microbiome 2019 Sep;7(1):130.
2019Circulating interferon-α measured with a highly sensitive assay as a biomarker for juvenile inflammatory myositis activity, 2019 Sep;.
2019Plasma Type I IFN Protein Concentrations in Human Tuberculosis, Front Cell Infect Microbiol 2019;9:296.
2019Control of TLR7-mediated type I IFN signaling in pDCs through CXCR4 engagement-A new target for lupus treatment, Sci Adv 2019 Jul;5(7):eaav9019.
2019A Call for Blood-In Human Immunology, Immunity 2019 Jun;50(6):1335-1336.
2019Type I interferon in patients with systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease is associated with haematological abnormalities and specific autoantibody profiles, Arthritis Res. Ther. 2019 Jun;21(1):147.
2019Sex differences in IL-17 contribute to chronicity in male versus female urinary tract infection, JCI Insight 2019 July;4(13):e122998.
2019IP-10 contributes to the inhibition of mycobacterial growth in an ex vivo whole blood assay, Int. J. Med. Microbiol. 2019;309:299-306.
2019Novel DSP Spectrin 6 Region Variant Causes Neonatal Erythroderma, Failure to Thrive, Severe Herpes Simplex Infections and Brain Lesions, Acta Derm. Venereol. 2019 99:789-796.
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