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Leila Akkari, Ph.D. group
Leila Akkari, Ph.D.
Junior Group Leader
I trained in cellular and molecular biology during my BA at the
University of Montpellier in France, and graduated in 2004 before
performing my Master in oncology and immunology between Montpellier
and Manchester (England).
I then came back to Montpellier to perform my PhD in health
sciences in the laboratory of Dr Ula Hibner, at the IGMM CNRS,
during which I studied the effects of HCV viral proteins on cancer
initiation through alteration of hepatocyte polarity and cell
shape. This was my first encounter on how tumor-extrinsic factors
can favor pre-neoplastic transformation.
Once my PhD finished, I wanted to develop my focus in the tumor
microenvironment field, in rare tumors, and I joined Prof. Johanna
Joyce's laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in
NYC. During this time, I began to work with mouse models of brain
and pancreatic cancer, primarily focusing on tumor associated
macrophages and their pro-tumorigenic roles in multiple tumor
microenvironment. In 2017, I became a Junior Group Leader at the