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Jannie Borst Group

immunity, T cells, dendritic cells, molecular basis

Our Focus

Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) are nature’s key weapon against intracellular infections and are therapeutically harnessed to defend us against cancer. We are interested in (costimulatory) membrane receptors, associated signal transduction pathways and gene expression programs that shape the CTL response. Herein, we focus on communication between T cells and dendritic cells (DCs). We examine transcriptional and epigenetic regulation that shapes effector and memory functions of T cells We are in particular breaking new ground in discovering how CD4+ helper T cells program CTL function. These insights can enable discovery of new targets for immune oncology drugs or new therapeutic vaccination approaches.

We also investigate costimulatory and coinhibitory receptor signaling in conventional versus regulatory CD4+ T cells that respectively promote or inhibit tumor immunity. We explore by transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics the molecular programs underlying responses of these T cell subsets. We do this work to enable selective drug targeting of each cellular subset. We work with chemists in the Institute for Chemical Immunology (ICI) Gravitation program for this purpose.

We are furthermore interested in the concept of immunogenic cell death and its role in eliciting systemic anti-tumor CTL responses that we explore in the context of radio- and chemotherapy.

Andriy Volkov Phd Student
Evert de Vries Lab Manager
Elselien Frijlink Phd Student
Irene van der Haar Technician
Inge Verbrugge Senior Scientist
Julia Busselaar Phd Student
Mark Mensink Phd Student
Nikolina Bąbała Phd Student
Sander de Kivit Post Doc
Tom de Wit Technician
Victoria Iglesias Guimarais Post Doc
Xin Lei Phd Student
Yanling Xiao Assistant Professor
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Jannie Borst Oncode Investigator

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