Damya Laoui, ir PhD
Team leader Tumor-Immunology, Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Post-doctoral Scientist, Lab of Myeloid Cell Immunology, VIB, Brussels, Belgium
Damya Laoui graduated in Bio-Engineering Sciences and obtained a PhD degree at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Belgium) in 2014. After a short post-doc in the De Palma lab at the ISREC Institute in the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, she came back to Brussels and started leading her own team focusing on tumor-immunology in the lab of Jo Van Ginderacter.
She is exploring the role of immune cells (mainly macrophages and dendritic cells) in tumor progression and is developing new personalized (combinational)immunotherapies based on dendritic cells to win the battle against cancer. For her work on tumor-derived dendritic cells, she received the Dunia Award (African Awards) and the MIT Innovator under 35 Europe Award 2017. She was recently nominated for the Woman in Technology and Science award and is encouraging young women to start and pursue studies and careers in STEM.