Prof. dr. Karin E. de Visser is group leader at the Division of Tumor Biology & Immunology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, alongside her appointment as group leader at Oncode Institute and as full professor of Experimental Immunobiology of Cancer at Leiden University. The overall goal of her research is to dissect how the immune system influences metastatic breast cancer. Her research group identified how mammary tumors induce a systemic inflammatory response that facilitates metastasis formation (Coffelt et al. Nature 2015) and how the genetic make-up of breast cancer dictates systemic pro-metastatic inflammation (Wellenstein et al. Nature 2019). Through mechanistic understanding of the cancer-immune crosstalk she aims to contribute to the design of novel immunomodulatory strategies to fight metastatic breast cancer.
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