ESP Biography

AMANI MAKKOUK, Stanford postdoctoral scholar-cancer immunotherapy

Major: Immunology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2014

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I have a BS in pharmacy and a PhD in immunology, and have recently joined Stanford as a postdoctoral scholar (researcher). I have always been fascinated by the immune system, which is not just important for fighting infections but is more intrinsic to our healthy existence. From cancer to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, multiple sclerosis and diabetes, and from obesity to aging, the immune system is the crucial underpinning; the reign of our body that can take us to health or disease. I am currently examining therapies that can enhance the immune response to cancer (cancer immunotherapies) in mice and in patients.

Past Classes

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B4100: Hijacked! Why it is so hard for our immune system to fight cancer in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Where is our immune system when we need it? Why is it so hard for our immune system to fight cancer? Come and learn in this interactive session about how our immune system distinguishes our own cells from foreign cells, how cancer hijacks and manipulates the immune system to its advantage, and the new discoveries and therapies that are allowing the immune system to regain control and eradicate cancer.